Daniel Edwards - Oprah Sarcophagus
April, 2008

Oprah Sarcophagus by Daniel Edwards.

Oprah Sarcophagus by Daniel Edwards.

Oprah Sarcophagus by Daniel Edwards.

Health Care Reform Will Come Too Late For Some Baby Boomers

CHICAGO (April 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.

A gilded coffin lid bearing Oprah’s full-figured likeness with slimming vertical stripes, The Oprah Sarcophagus is designed for a look of cultural neutrality with respect to Oprah’s audience and the style of her magazine. “The Oprah Sarcophagus is the ideal visual aid for educating boomers about living wills, casket choices, and memorial service arrangements,” says gallery co-director John Leo. “We would like to hear Oprah tell her viewers that a great coffin should be something of which to aspire, and that no one should have to settle for a pine box.”

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.

Coffee mugs, T-shirts, and tote bags for the sarcophagus can also be purchased at the gallery’s website: http://www.leokesting.com/book

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


The Oprah Sarcophagus
by Daniel Edwards

Publication Date: Apr 11 2008
ISBN/EAN13: 1438206429 / 9781438206424
Page Count: 32
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 6"x9"
Language: English
Color: Full Color with Bleed
Related Categories: Art / Sculpture

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Leo Kesting Gallery
gallery is located at 812 Washington St New York NY 10014
phone: 917-650-3760
at the corner of Ganesvoort St
8th Ave 14th st A,C, E and L train Stop




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