Tuesday, June 21, 2005
ART IMITATES LIFE:
An art work purportedly made from excess fat from Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been sold for $18,000.I had the mixed blessing of helping a great grandmother make some lye soap years ago. It was a very unpleasant process. She used hog lard as a base. Obviously she missed a great financial opportunity. Think how much soap we could sell with unused fat from Teddy alone....
Switzerland-based artist Gianni Motti claims to have bought the fat from a clinic where the leader had a liposuction operation performed.
He moulded it into a bar of soap which he named Mani Pulite (Clean Hands).
The work was put on display at the Art Basel fair in Switzerland and was sold to a private Swiss collector.
Motti gave it the title Clean Hands as a reference to an anti-corruption campaign of the 1990s.