The corner of Read and Tyson Streets in Baltimore is the scene of an iconically filthy film moment. Divine playing Babs Johnson in John Waters’ Pink Flamingos, claimed her status as the “Filthiest Person Alive” by watching as a dog poops and then eating it.
This golden cinema moment is being commemorated with an eight-foot-tall monument on that corner. Baltimore’s mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, is all for it. Her spokesperson, Howard Libit, told the Baltimore Sun,
“The mayor thinks that the idea sounds divine and looks forward to seeing more details on the proposal.”
According to the Kickstarter for the project, it will be made of marble and granite and
“will clearly reference other devotional spaces built for contemplation and reflection”
With the addition bronze poop at the foot of the monument, the Kickstarter says:
“At first glance this monument might masquerade as a typical devotional space, but make no mistake with a second look across the alley, the piece will irreverently and outrageously scream in pitched Bawlemorese,
‘Hey, damn it. I’m right here — and I’m simply DIVINE!‘”
The idea was started by Michal Makarovich — owner of the Hampden Junque antique shop — who clocked the traffic of people visiting Baltimore who were interested in John Waters’ relationship to the city. The design is a collaboration between Baltimore artists David Hess and Sebastian Martoran.
Apparently, the monument will be a “gift of public art” — with a budget of $70,000 — but is technically on mostly private property (it’s against the side of a house), and could remain even if the city weren’t to officially condone it.
The “Divine Monument Team” has until March 26 to earn the $70,000 minimum. (As of this writing, only $14,000 has been raised.) You can donate here to make this idea a Divine reality.