I would like to take this opportunity to endorse the candidacy of Mr. Peanut for mayor of Vancouver.
December 10, 2006 11:35 AM Subscribe
We need more artists in politics!
In 1969, Canadian performance artist Vincent Trasov constructed a human-sized peanut costume
and took on the familiar identity of Planters
mascot Mr. Peanut. Five years later, Trasov took his performance art persona to the next level as he entered Mr. Peanut into the 1974 Vancouver mayoral election, running on a platform of "P
niqueness, and T
alent." Trasov posed a "visual question" to his opponents at the debates via tap dance, received at least one celebrity endorsement
during his campaign, and in the end, garnered 3.4% of the vote. Recently, Trasov (and fellow artist Michael Morris) launched the Morris/Trasov Archive
, where you can find a nice collection of photos from the campaign trail online (Performance -> My Five Years in a Nutshell).
Mr. Peanut remains a central part of Trasov's art
; his "Histories" place Mr. Peanut in the Bamyian Valley of Afghanistan, the Marx-Engels monument at Berlin, and at the entrance to Thebes, playing the role of Oedipus opposite the Sphinx.
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