Edwards - Oprah Sarcophagus
SARCOPHAGUS REACHES OUT TO UNPREPARED RETIREES
2008) – With her endorsement of presidential candidate
Barack Obama, Oprah is making known her views on the need for healthcare
reform. But controversial sculptor Daniel Edwards is urging talk show
host Oprah Winfrey to do more by taking the time on her show to reach
out to the recently retired baby boomers for whom healthcare reform will
come too late. Edwards is offering his latest creation to Oprah, to assist
the television icon in breaking the ice with baby boomers to encourage
them to prepare for their own funerals. The Oprah Sarcophagus, courtesy
of NYC’s Leo Kesting Gallery, will be unveiled April 24th, near
Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios at Chicago’s Gardenfresh Gallery.
Edwards’s inspiration for the golden casket developed after reading how Oprah was in mourning over the death of her 2-year-old golden retriever, Gracie. Oprah recounted, “As I stood there dazed, stunned, crying over Gracie’s dead body I learned the lesson to enjoy life but remember to slow down, too.”
“It might slow people down in a self-reflective and spiritual way if they were to consider their own funeral,” said the artist, adding that inspiration for the Sarcophagus was reinforced by a headline he read in a grocery market checkout line, which suggested Oprah had only six years to live.
“The baby boomer generation is in poor health, afflicted with obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and is dependent on multiple prescriptions. Baby Boomers should be encouraged to plan for their inevitable funerals,” says gallery co-director David Kesting.
A half scale model of the Oprah Sarcophagus will be exhibited alongside an Oprah Burial Mask. Leo Kesting Gallery confirms a life-size Sarcophagus exists, though currently, there are no plans to show it. “We respect Daniel’s decision to reserve the unveiling of the life-size Oprah Sarcophagus for the stage of Oprah Winfrey’s show,” said David Kesting.
Edwards’s previous sculptures include a nude Britney
Spears giving birth on a bearskin rug, an interactive autopsy of Paris
Hilton with removable organs, and a war dead Prince Harry clutching the
cameo-locket of his late mother Princess Diana.
PRESS unveiling at Gardenfresh Gallery Contact David Kesting at 917-650-3760 or John Leo at 917-292-8865 or visit http://www.LeoKesting.com . PRESS DOWNLOAD HERE
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