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Friday, February 23, 2021

As simplistic as it is to reduce Andy Warhol’s lifetime to a single icon, I can’t think of what else an annual anonymous visitor to the artist’s gravesite would leave as tribute but a Campbell’s tomato soup can.

Along with a few coins, probably to pay for Warhol’s toll on the afterworld highway. (I didn’t realize that was a recurring fee.) No chance that this activity was inspired by new release Factory Girl, either; the Warhol ritual has been going on since Andy was put into the ground, twenty years ago now. No 15 minutes of fancy…

News of a mystery devotee for Pittsburgh’s most famous artsy type instantly brought to my mind Baltimore’s “Poe Toaster”. The Edgar Allan Poe fan opts for leaving a rose on the dearly departed poet’s tombstone. That’s not much of a symbolic tribute to Poe’s work. Then again, what’s the alternative — a dead bird? (A cleaner option for that: A souvenir Baltimore Ravens football helmet; NFL merchandise on a literary landmark doesn’t exactly scream class, though.)

I’m for letting the dead rest in peace. Especially dead creative types; considering the frantic times they had above-ground, they deserve a dose of downtime in the post-mortem.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 02/23/2007 02:23:18 PM
Category: Celebrity, Creative, Movies
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