A PILE of fur and a model robin laid on its back next to a paint brush are among this year’s finalists in the spoof art competition for the Turnip Prize.
‘Fur Load’ and ‘A Brush with Death’ are among a shortlist of six hoping to follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner, Bush Fire Down Under, which consisted of a pair of knickers with a burnt hole in the front.
The artist dedicated the win to a koala which died in the Australian bushfires.
The competition, a parody of the much-derided Turner Prize, is run from The New Inn, Wedmore.
The competition sees its ‘artists’ create works involving groan-worthy puns, with the judges giving recognition to entries which have taken as little effort as possible to create.
Other past winners include a plastic dog on a plate of jelly, called Collywobbles, and a toy tractor pulling a plastic pig, entitled Pulled Pork.
The prize was first given out in 1999 in response to Tracey Emin’s My Bed, which was shortlisted for the Turner Prize that year.
Winners of the competition receive a turnip attached to a wooden base.
Organiser Trevor Prideaux said: “This year we have received a record number of entries. We have ordered a second skip.”
Our picture shows ‘Rock on Tommy’, an entry which pays tribute to comedian Bobby Ball who died last month.