Over at the Delicious Ghost there's a fascinating story about a Texas death row inmate who has agreed to donate his body for art. The New York Times ran the story about Gene Hathorn, who was convicted of killing his father, stepmother and stepbrother in 1985, and has given his consent for the Danish artist Marco Evaristti to use his body as an art installation.
Mr. Evaristti said he hoped the piece would contribute to a wider project against capital punishment. He told The Art Newspaper: “My aim is to first deep freeze Gene’s body and then make fish food out of it. Visitors to my exhibition will be able to feed goldfish with it.”
Now, I'm normally in full agreement with anything that will further abolition of the death penalty. But in this case, I don't know who's worse, the out-of-options death row inmate, the kooky Danish artist or his fans that will eventually feed the goldfish.
What do you think?