I never understood why when you died, you didn’t just vanish, and everything could just keep going on the way it was only you just wouldn’t be there. I always thought I’d like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph and no name.
Well, actually, I’d like it to say “figment.”
– Andy Warhol
Sadly, Andy Warhol, who would have been 85 today, is having his milestone birthday commemorated with a live stream viewing of his funeral plot. It does not say “figment,” but rather his birth name of “Warhola,” so he didn’t exactly get his wish there. But the pop artist and icon, who shot to fame with his silk-screened canvas images of Campbell’s soup cans and Coca Cola bottles, is clearly still being remembered, as the live stream footage shows a steady crowd of fame whores gathered around the plot. Somebody even brought balloons — a kitschy and irreverent touch Andy, who died in 1987, would have likely appreciated.
The live stream is being run by Pittsburgh’s Warhol museum “the warhol,” and as a tribute to the artist’s wishes, the project is appropriately called Figment. If you need a little bit more Warhol in your life today, feel free to also check out #warholfigment on Twitter.
As for me, if I ever become homeless I’m moving to Pittsburgh. The sheer amount of Campbell’s soup cans left on the man’s grave would feed me and my alley mutt, Shep, through the long, cold winter.
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