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We love spotting our products in the wild and there's something particularly cool about seeing depictions of them in people's artwork. So we were delighted to spot one of our Deluxe Finger Monsters in this wonderful painting by Midwestern artist Ken Keirns:
Entitled Social Network, it was part of a solo exhibition of Keirns' artwork, “Deja Vu, Selected works from Ken Keirns”, which recently took place at the Madelife gallery in Boulder, CO.
The art world (and much of the internet) has been in a tizzy recently about a well-meaning elderly Spanish woman's thoroughly botched attempt to restore a 19th centure fresco entitled Ecce Homo (Behold the Man) by Elias Garcia Martinez. For more than a century the painting has held price of place at the Sanctuary of Mercy Church near Zaragoza, Spain. Over the years the painting had deteriorated due to exposure to humidity. Cecilia Jiminez was distressed by the sorry state of the beloved portrait and took it upon herself to attempt to restore it:
BBC Europe correspondent Christian Fraser says the delicate brush strokes of Elias Garcia Martinez have been buried under a haphazard splattering of paint. The once-dignified portrait now resembles a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic, he says. The woman appears to have realised she was out of her depth and contacted Juan Maria Ojeda, the city councillor in charge of cultural affairs.
Professional restorers plan to examine the painting to determine if proper restoration is possible. In the meantime, the Archie McPhee staff decided to attempt their own "restoration" of one of our Jesus Action Figures:
The results bear an uncanny resemblance to the current unfortunate state of the Ecce Homo fresco.[Quoted text via BBC News]