Wednesday, May 2, 2007

My favorite sculptor

I was pleasantly surprised this morning to find a story on AOL about Dan Edwards. He's usually referred to as "the controversial sculptor Daniel Edwards." Seems he has a new item on exhibit in NYC called "Paris Hilton Autopsy." Check it out:

That's only a partial view--the rest of it is a tad graphic. I find it quite amusing. Not only is Tinkerbell included, they are both wearing tiaras! Apparently Dan even sculpted her organs, and patrons are encouraged to wear gloves and participate in the "autopsy."

Why do I love this guy? I worked with his wife when I lived in Indianapolis, and they are just the nicest couple. Dan may be a little out there with his ideas, but I think he's amazing. A while back, I saw a story about the "controversial sculptor Daniel Edwards" and his rendition of Britney Spears giving birth. He's also responsible for Suri Cruise's bronzed baby poop, the head of Ted Williams, and a bust of Hillary Clinton. I got back in touch with his wife and we exchanged nice letters, and they're quite happy with where life has taken them. She said Dan has really struck a chord with these sculptures, because to a celebrity, there's really no such thing as bad publicity. (She also told me to watch for something about Fidel Castro. I can hardly wait!) When I saw Dan's latest, I had this mental image of Paris Hilton seeing it and going, "Wow, I look hot." Ha! I wouldn't be one bit surprised. I read some criticism about how his work is exploiting celebrities. To that I say, "Pshaw." Celebrities exploit themselves. Dan is just taking it to the next logical step, and I think it's quite clever of him. He's very talented. I should've asked his wife how it feels to be married to the "controversial sculptor Daniel Edwards." I'm sure she would have found that amusing.

One evening when his wife and I were working together, he followed me around and did a little wax head of me. He thought I had unique and interesting bone structure. Cool!

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