A bar of soap believed to be made from fat pumped from Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has gone on display.
Artist Gianni Motti says he made the soap made from fat from Berlusconi's liposuction operation.
It is part of an art exhibition in Basel, Switzerland, where for a price tag of £10000 (about R123 000), you can wash your hands with Berlusconi.
The 47-year-old artist who put the soap on display, Gianni Motti, claims to have acquired the fat from an employee of an elite plastic surgery clinic in Lugano in Switzerland.
The artist said: "Berlusconi had face lifting and liposuction operations in a clinic in Lugano, where I have good connections that provided me with some of the fat. It was jelly-like and it stunk horribly, like butter gone off or old chip pan oil."
According to Motti, the artwork called Mani Pulite (which means "clean hands" in Italian) expresses opposition to corruption and mafia structures in Italy, as well as his personal opinion of Berlusconi's policies.
Motti said: "I came up with the idea because soap is made of pig fat, and I thought how much more appropriate it would be if people washed their hands using a piece of Berlusconi." - Ananova.com
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Okay, I'm fairly sure you won't read anything stranger than this today: