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Memories of Sophie and Gracie: Controversial Artist Dedicates Sculpture to Oprah's Deceased Dogs

Memories of Sophie and Gracie: Controversial Artist Dedicates Sculpture to Oprah's Deceased Dogs

When I first saw this, it took a couple minutes before I could even say anything. You're looking at a life-size monument depicting deceased pups, Gracie and Sophie, atop the head of Oprah Winfrey. Called "Memories of Sophie and Gracie: A Puppies' Memorial," the sculpture was designed by Daniel Edwards. Now his name sounded familiar to me, but I couldn't quite place it, so I googled him up – lo and behold, he's the same controversial sculptor who created that statue of Britney Spears giving birth on the bearskin rug. If you're interested in checking it out up close, it will be displayed at NYC's Leo Kesting Gallery from May 22 - June 8. Learn a little more about the reasoning behind this sculpture when you


"To represent Sophie and Gracie together, joined in Oprah’s memory as they were in life and in Oprah’s heart, the artist depicted them as conjoined at the hip and sharing a common tail,” says co-director John Leo. The dogs are shown standing on the flowing-maned golden likeness of Oprah’s head, in reference to how the dogs’ deaths may be weighing heavily on Winfrey’s mind. “Losing two beloved pets within a year is likely to take its toll on anybody.”

While the artist says his intentions were to draw attention to the overlooked threat of accidental pet fatality from not pet proofing a home (Gracie choked on a ball), it's still a tad too morbid for my tastes – what do you think?


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tawvry tawvry 9 years
If I was Oprah I'd be a little disturbed.
lindaloo lindaloo 9 years
nettefairy nettefairy 9 years
Is it supposed to look like the bust of Nefertiti?
reeeeka reeeeka 9 years
I think he's talented in the respect that it looks similar to Oprah but...he's just looking for attention with anything headline grabbing. People will make a huge fuss over this and I'm sure Oprah herself will talk about it on her show or even have him as a guest.
ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 9 years
umm, this is like the most stupid thing i have ever seen!!
JenniferTorraco JenniferTorraco 9 years
This "artist" is redic. Hes just looking for cheap fame and news coverage by including celebs in his art. If he was any sort of real artist, the thoughts of Oprah's pets weighing on her mind would probally be the last issue anyone with a little integrity would make into a sculpture.
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