PRINCE MORTALIZED A clay model of the Harry sculpture (Photo: princeharrymemorial.com)
Radar may have taken liberties with Prince Harry, but scandal-mongering artist Daniel Edwards has taken it a step further. He depicts the prince dead in his latest work, Iraq War Memorial: Death of Prince Harry, which goes on display in London on October 11.
Edwards has explained the logic behind his work, saying, "Prince Harry's spirit must have died the day they told him he couldn't serve in Iraq." His curious memorial depicts the fallen prince, lying in state, his ears severed (the image above is of a clay mold of the work—prior to unveiling the finished piece, the artist will remove the ears), with a desert vulture perched on his boot. The ears, Edwards says, will be bronzed separately and then sold on eBay.
Edwards is also notable for that unforgettable sculpture of Britney Spears giving birth on a bearskin rug, and of the bronzed replica of Suri Cruise's poop. Then there was the incisive Paris Hilton autopsy sculpture. All in good fun, in a creepy celeb-obsessed kind of way. The Royal family, however, is unlikely to be amused as Edwards crosses over into the realm of political statement, particularly given the timing of the exhibit, which will hit just as the British press has been inundated with way too much information in the latest Diana death inquest.
Might we suggest Edwards focus instead on memorializing the virginity of Vanessa Hudgens or somesuch?