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A 300 pound drag queen made famous by John Waters could get their own monument in Baltimore by this summer.
A proposed shrine of Divine, the figure from the 1972 cult classic film “Pink Flamingos” has been put before the Baltimore Public Art Commission according to the Baltimore Sun.
The monument to the drag queen and late actor would be 8 feet tall and three feet wide and feature Divine in full makeup under an arch sitting atop marble steps on Tyson Street in Baltimore.
Divine entered the artistic zeitgeist after scooping up dog poop in the film and eating it. Those supporting the monument want that scene specifically highlighted on the monument’s facade.
A quote from Waters reading “It was a magic day in our happy young lives” would be inscribed at the bottom of the proposed monument as well.
Michal Makarovich, owner of Hampden Jungue in Baltimore, is behind the effort, along with a number of other local business owners/Divine fans. Check out their video on the project below.
Read GayRVA’s full interview with John Waters here!
Local sculptor David Hess and Sebastian Martorana helped design the monument.
Divine Shrine Final from steve yeager on Vimeo.
Waters, who grew up in Baltimore and shot most of his films in the area including “Pink Flamingos,” told the Baltimore Sun Divine would most likely love a monument.
“I’m not even sure how Divine would feel about it if he was alive although I’m sure he’d love some sort of public monument,” the director told the paper.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Divines monument would cost between $50,000 to $100,000.
The group will go before the city’s public art commission Feb. 17 and if all goes well, the monument could be in place by this summer.
“Over the past couple of years, Baltimore has always seemed to be in the news for really sad and tragic things.”
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