Happy Peepster

With the Cherry Blossom Festival, Easter and family in town, I've been running behind on updating this site. I hope to post some recent photos this week, but until I do, please enjoy this appropriate seasonal treat...the annual Washington Post Peeps Diorama Contest. Here are the results from last year's contest--I'll post the 2009 winners in a day or so.

The rules are simple: create a diorama of a famous occurrence, scene or concept. It can be a historic, current or future event. It can be a nod to pop culture. It can be an evocation of an idea or abstraction. The one rule is that all the characters in the diorama must be played by Peeps-everyone's favorite Easter treat!

There were 37 entries--here are a couple of my favorites (with an explanatory note, if needed).

"Peeplona: The Running of the Peeps"

"Peeps Atop a Skyscraper" (Paying homage to one of my favorite photos "Lunchtime atop a Skyscraper" taken in 1932 by Charles C. Ebbets during construction of the RCA Building (renamed as the GE Building in 1986) at Rockefeller Center.) You'll notice the background has been changed to DC, with the White House clearly visible.

The original "Lunchtime Atop a Skyscraper"; 1932

"It's a Major Peep Award!"

The diorama pays homage to the movie "A Christmas Story," whose enduring scene features Old Man Parker going gaga over a leg lamp while his horrified wife and excited, albeit confused, boys look on.

"Thrilla in Manila"

A vintage 80's reference to the Michael Jackson "Thriller" video (the video turns 25 this year.)

"SpongeBob SquarePeeps"

A very realistic Spongebob,Squidward, and Patrick.

"Elvis Peepsley"

In a nod to my mother-in-law, "Elvis Peepsley".

"King Peep"

And the winner is: "The Tomb of King Peepankhamun". A piece of serious artwork-even the hieroglyphics are steeped in Peeps imagery. And notice the mummy Peep staggering out of the walls of the tomb!

If you want to see all of 2008's best, just click here.

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