Peeps Ahoy! Our Diorama Contest Finalists
He knew he’d gone over-the-top when he spent $16 on Swarovski crystals for a woman made of marshmallows.
“After that I stopped looking at the receipts,” says Johnston, a freelance graphic artist and photographer.
The money and time (two weeks) paid off. We were rendered speechless by the diorama’s meticulous craftsmanship — from Marilyn Monroe’s sculpted hairdo (made of clay), to her curve-hugging pink papier-mache dress (her rump is made of a whole Peep), to the fine details of the tuxedoed Peep- men, each made of 61 pieces (their toes are coat hangers bent into L shapes, taped onto a dowel and coated 15 times with liquid spackling compound).
To the nitpicker, our contest instructions were a tad inconsistent from week to week. When Johnston saw in our March 4 issue that we said the diorama must be comparable in dimension to a shoebox, he called a clownshoe company to inquire how big such a box might be. The guy was just trying to play by the rules. Either way, he’s our winner. “It’s something I see and never think to buy or eat,” Johnston says of Peeps, which he now realizes are “delicious.” “It was just a total challenge.”
And a resounding success.
of Monroe performing “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” visit www. washingtonpost.com/source (and see how frighteningly accurate Johnston was with his re-creation).
For a link to a clip