HELP ME GET FILTHY RICH!
ARTIST SELLS DIRT FOR £10 A POP ON EBAY - TO FUND HIPPIE COMMUNE
AS eBay listings go, Stuart Hampton’s is definitely one of the more unusual ones.
The artist is selling piles of dirt online for £10 a pop, in a bid to raise money to create his own hippie commune.
The artist, 35, who grew up in Darnhill, Heywood, has harboured dreams of setting up his own community for years.
He plans to put all the money he raises from selling the soil into establishing one.
But as well as hoping to raise cash, Stuart says there is a deeper meaning behind the listing, as it’s also an art project.
Stuart said: “It’s a statement on the value of nature and materialism.
“I usually paint pictures but this is a move into the surreal for me.
“Everyone has everything that they need these days, we live in wealthy times, so what can be more valuable than precious earth?
“Modern art is so vague and bizarre that anything can happen, like that guy who won the Turner prize for a ball of screwed up paper. “It’s just a bizarre offering.” Although he has yet to receive his first order, Stuart says the page has received many views since it was first launched yesterday. The more dirt that buyers buy, the nicer the package it arrives in will be but each order still receives the same amount of dirt. Stuart’s eBay listing reads: “Amazing dirt fresh from this mystical land we call earth. Dirt that is the support for all life. This magical substance from which all life is sustained through the plants that grow. “You will receive a handful of dirt in a special envelope. “This is art, this is dirt. “Dirt is art, art is dirt. “All is dirt, all is art. “Own your bit of art/dirt “If I can sell loads of dirt, I will set up a hippie commune.
“Higher quantities will still mean one handful, but you will receive it in a bet- ter package (one handful contains all you need, dirt is magic, dirt is art) for example – 500 dirts – you will receive it in a special handmade painted and jewelled box.”
Stuart hopes his commune, called Freeriver, will be a place where people can live together and immerse themselves in living creatively, with a focus on peace, love and togetherness.
He added: “I lived in a commune for four years and it was beautiful and magical. I want to create that for the world. I think someone from my background, the only way I’ll ever get the money is a bizarre stroke of luck. It’s worth a shot.”
And somehow, dirt is arguably not even the weirdest thing Stuart has ever put up for sale on eBay to raise money for it.
Four years ago, he managed to flog a giant Hula Hoop crisp for £700.
He believed the crisp, which he discovered while snacking in bed, could have potentially been the ‘longest Hula Hoop in the world’ .
Stuart Hampton is selling ‘amazing dirt fresh from this mystical land we call earth’ – in other words, soil – on eBay Stuart Hampton and, below, the artist unmasked