Orlando, FL (PressExposure) February 13, 2009 -- The unofficial portrait of President Obama that Ripleyâs Believe It or Not! had commissioned has arrived at company headquarters in Orlando and will be on special exhibit at Ripleyâs Believe It or Not! museum on International Drive for a limited showing, just in time for Presidentâs Day.
Created by artist Franz Spohn, the portrait contains 12,784 gumballs. Using computer technology, Spohn uses the gumballs as pixels, or points of color. He creates the design on a computer and then makes a map showing where each color of gumball goes. The map is then followed and the appropriately colored gumballs are stacked into clear plastic tubes. The 90 tubes are then mounted next to each other to form the unique portrait.
Spohn recruited dozens of volunteers to help create the portrait as part of the Martin Luther King Day celebration on January 19 at the King Kennedy Center in Ravenna, Ohio. After one hour and many sticky fingers, a one-of-a-kind work of art was born.
Gumball Obama will join Spohnâs gumball murals of Robert Ripley, Dean Cain and Michael Jackson that currently hang in Ripleyâs Believe It or Not! museums worldwide.
The Obama portrait will be on display, free of charge, in the lobby of Ripleyâs Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Orlando, 8201 International Drive. And will be available for viewing during regular business hours, 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., daily. The portrait will be on display through Sunday, Feb. 22.
*A high resolution digital image of the portrait is available upon request
For interviews or more information on the portrait, contact Tim OâBrien at Obrien@ripleys.com.
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