An Interactive Anti-drunk Driving Public Service Announcement
Paris Hilton Autopsy
This was the official website created in 2007 to promote the new art exhibit in New York called "Paris Hilton Autopsy". The sculpture was by artist David Edwards, Edwards, created the Hilton look-alike as part of an interactive public service announcement that shows the unglamorous consequences of drinking and driving. Students were encouraged to get hands-on with the exhibit and experience death from a coroner's point of view by removing Hilton's innards including her small intestines and other body parts. A contest writing contest was also held where students could submit obituaries for the fallen hotel heiress.
This site provided a virtual field trip to the exhibit.
The new owner of this site's domain felt that this site's message will always be relevant and decided to maintain much of the site's original content taken from the site's 2007 archived pages and other outside sources.
Before drinking and driving, think about the potential consequences.
Paris Hilton Autopsy - the scuplture created to warn about drink driving
Capla Kesting Fine Art is pleased to present:
Paris Hilton Autopsy
Saturday May 12th 2007
Reception for the Public: Saturday May 12, 2007 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM
'Paris Hilton Autopsy' Educates New York City Teens, Offers Capla Kesting Fine Art Interactive Drunk Driving PSA Promotes Safe Prom
NEW YORK, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Paris Hilton's naked "corpse" could provide an invaluable service to students preparing for prom this season. An interactive Public Service Announcement featuring the graphic display of a tiara-wearing, autopsied Paris Hilton with removable innards is designed to warn teenagers of the hazards of underage drinking. The display also features Tinkerbell, Hilton's forlorn pet Chihuahua with matching tiara, and debuts in the trendy Williamsburg, Brooklyn neighborhood where prom-goers frequently dine, courtesy of Capla Kesting Fine Art.
"Campaign to Rescue Women of Youth" featuring "The Paris Hilton Autopsy" offers a cadaveric nude Paris Hilton, laid out with twisted body and opened abdominal cavity on a coroner's table, while her cell phone remains in her grip. The 'unglamorous' display which includes support material from anti-drunk driving organizations counters "the disturbingly glamorized trend of Hollywood's 'girls gone wild'," according to gallery director, David Kesting.
Paris Hilton, arrested for a DUI last year, previously released a marginally effective PSA concerning drunk driving. This latest PSA includes a website by Capla Kesting, which offers high school educators an icebreaker for discussing drunk driving's consequences. Students are encouraged to take the virtual field trip at http://www.ParisHiltonAutopsy.com to view the making of the "Paris Hilton Autopsy" and compete for prizes by writing Paris Hilton's obituary.
The tableau, created by Daniel Edwards, reminds potential prom queens no one is impervious to the pitfalls of drinking. Recalling Miss USA's recent battle to keep her crown through alcohol rehab and Princess Diana's untimely death due to drunk driving, a skewed hotel heiress's tiara adorns the lifeless Paris Hilton head.
The PSA also observes the teen pregnancy crisis associated with alcohol impaired judgment. The "Hilton Autopsy" tragically reveals drunk driving's heartbreaking collateral damage.
Kesting, advocating teenagers to experience the Hilton display "hands-on," said, "Paris' internals, which include her small intestines, and other elements, are removable to assist teens with an empathetic view of drunk driving tragedy from the coroner's perspective." UK's Daily Star recently reported Paris Hilton, whose last chilling portrayal came from 2005's "House of Wax" in a well publicized death scene, had commissioned Daniel Edwards for a sculpture of her to be placed on Los Angeles' Sunset Strip.
Reception for the PRESS, May 9th at 11:00 am. Opening reception is May 11th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Capla Kesting Fine Art, 121 Roebling St., Brooklyn, NY. Gallery hours are 12:00 - 6:00 pm Tuesday thru Sunday. The gallery can be reached at http://www.caplakesting.com or 917-650-3760.
Capla Kesting Fine Art
121 Roebling St, 7-8 - Brooklyn, NY 11211
Bedford Ave L Train at the corner of North 5th and Roebling.
"Paris herself would probably take one look at the installation and draw, "Dude, I look great. DUI death is hot."" - The New Yorker Magazine - The Fug Girls
"There's something about disemboweling a homunculus of Hilton that screams "fine art,"" - - Wired Magazine
"a bizarre art campaign to warn against the dangers of drunk driving." - The New Zealand Herald
"Through an extraordinary alchemic transform- ation, Paris Hilton's life has been given meaning." - Dallas News
"Daniel Edwards seems to be tapping into as many symbolic veins as he can: birth, life and death– and commerce" - C. Antonio Romero - Culture Kiosque
"Hot!" - Fox News
An aside: I went to the gallery opening with a friend who is a Daniel Edwards fan. Remember his life-sized sculpture of a naked and very pregnant Britney Spears on all fours in the process of giving birth to her first-born. I read the press release by the Capla Kesting Fine Art gallery in Brooklyn, which displayed the sculpture as describing the sculpture as showing Spears tugging on the ears of a bearskin rug "with water-retentive hands". The Capla Kesting Fine Art gallery's release went on to describe the sculpture "as a purportedly an idealised depiction of Britney in delivery. Natural aspects of Spears's pregnancy, like lactiferous breasts and protruding naval, complement a posterior view that depicts widened hips for birthing and reveals the crowning of baby Sean's head". My friend said that it "celebrated the recent birth of Spears's baby boy, Sean, and applauds her decision of placing family before career". I thought it was deliberately provocative to garner press. I felt the same way about the Paris Hilton dead? sculpture not matter what the artist or the gallery articulate. I don't know whether the DUI awareness aspect is going to make any person pause in their drinking, although that would be nice. As Edwards said in an interview,"His provocative use of empty celebrity, plus the shock factor, “rings a bell, it brings it home. Where as the gallery director David Kesting said the sculpture counters a disturbingly glamorized trend of Hollywood girls gone wild. The work, no doubt, is also aimed at making money. I suppose if even one person is saved, that’s awesome."
The opening was as I expected, a group of chic people drinking wine and exclaiming how provocative the work was. Buyers were asked to call Capla Kesting for a price, which was not disclosed. I was in the midst of putting on my glasses to read some fine print in the catalogue when an angry man flung out his arm as he vehemently disagreed with some comment his companion had made. He knocked my glasses out of my hand and they went flying, only to land with a clatter as someone else stepped upon them. The crunch was very audible.
My friend scooped up the crushed glasses and patted my arm. Don't worry, my dear, I know just the online site where you can get another pair. She went on to explain the this e commerce site called Eyeglasses.com, not only has a plethora of womens eyeglasses brands, but they can also install prescription lens. Apparently she gets all her replacement lenses done there. I was skeptical, but agreed I would take a look at the site the next day.
Now that I couldn't read a thing, I decided I would just observe the "opening scene", drink the wine which seemed a bit out of place if the whole concept behind the artwork was to focus on the consequences of drinking and driving, and enjoy myself. I would deal with the broken glasses later.
Paris Hilton Obituary Writing Contest
Final entries selected from three age groups, which include, 13 –14, 15 – 16, 17 – 18, will be evaluated by a simple rubric that assesses the composition by command of topic, development, organization, and creativity.
A) Clay model of the Paris Hilton Autopsy by Daniel Edwards in pre-autopsy form with "Tinkerbell." Life Size, 2007
Winner Mexico Luis Gonzalo Soto Flores, 18
Winner Kentucky Kinzie Wells, 15
Winner South Carolina ShyAnn Pemberton, 15
Winner Gallery SelectionGarrett McCluggage, 13.
Honorable Mention, Canada Rachel Martin, 17
Honorable Mention Pennsylvania Middle Interboro School District
Honorable Mention Wisconsin Margaret Huddleston, 15
Honorable Mention California Heidi Montgomery, 16
Capla Kesting Fine Art congradulates all students who composed an obituary for Paris Hilton, based on the “Paris Hilton Autopsy” created by artist Daniel Edwards.
E evaluation was by a simple rubric that assesses the composition by command of topic, development, organization, and creativity.
thanks! Please note that all email sent to the gallery, obituary or otherwise is property of CKFA and will be used at our discretion in any way we see fit.
Winner, from Mexico.
Paris HiltonT, Heiress and Brand, dies at 27
By LUIS GONZALO SOTO
Published: June 7, 2008
Paris HiltonT, heiress to the Hilton family fortune, died Friday due to a gun shot to the head. She was 27. Paris was leaving the Drop of Water Charity event when a man approached herand shot her at point blank, publicist Elliot Mintz told the associated press. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Paris was born February 17, 1981 into the Hilton family, living the life ofthe privileged. She was the great granddaughter of hotel magnate Conrad Hilton and heiress to his fortune. Following her studies in High School, Paris became a prolific celebrity beginning a career as an actress, singer, model, and other product subsidiaries. She was also known for her phrase "That's hot T".
She was tormented by her 'ditzy' image imposed by the media. A once student with an A+ average, Paris succumbed to her public image, personally and publicly. She developed inane attitudes and addictions, bringing many scandals and her eventual imprisonment. Once out of prison, Paris began to invest more time on humanitarian projects trying to outgrow her old self. She co-created with businessman Richard Lugner the "Happy Raindrops: Kids with dyslexia" Organization and contributed 10 million dollars to UNAIDS. "The sun seems to be shining on me now" Announced Paris while promoting her new film Mother Theresa: The Last MartyrT. This was her last press conference.
Paris is survived by her sister Nicky Hilton as well as her parents Rick and Kathy Hilton. Her best friend Nicole Ritchie organized the funeral this week at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Over 300 celebrities around the world are expected. Nicole told the associated press "Paris wanted her funeral to be hot, she'd be like- 'That's hot T', you know?"
Luis Gonzalo Soto Flores.
Winner, South Carolina
Here lies Paris Hilton
So hungry for fame
She showed everyone what can happen
when they think being drunk is a game
Restored to her beauty
By Daniel Edwards, himself
No one shall dare look
At what he put on the shelf
Her body all mangled
And torn into shreds
It was Edwards who gave her
Some dignity back
Let this be a reminder
For all children and teens
If you think drinking
And driving will help you gain fame
Remember Paris’s last pose here
“Oh what a shame”
ShyAnn Pemberton, Age 15
Here lies A DUI
A Fake, Wretched, Drinker
A person brought to fame by The lack of talent
To her head
To the ignition
She died at a young age
So much potential
Yet its all lost to One drink
And a few songs
The Harlot is gone
Never to be thought
Oh, Dear paris!
If only your could have opened your eyes!
Just like paris in Romeo and Juliet.
You Die by a sword--of alcohol
To never see the light of day again.
You could learn from this!
you could learn...
That you still have a breath
If only you would take the alcohol and leave it behind.
Why do people look up to you?
Just because your rich?
You will be a downfall of many Youth.
The blood is on your hands
The youth of a Nation--
Gone by the Fall of their "Idols" DUI.
Kinzie Wells, Age15 Kentucky.
Winner, Gallery Selection, South Carolina
My name is Garrett McCluggage, age 13.
Ode to Paris:
At the party, there where smiles and hollers,
3 cocktails cost about 40 dollars.
In the casket, now she lay,
her wrecked Mercedes SL65, cost 200 K.
Too bad she thought she had to impress,
Cost of a social wakeup call? Priceless.
Honorable mention, Wisconsin
Paris Hilton - 26 years old died suddenly in a car crash that involved driving while intoxicated. The young beautiful heiress to the worldwide to the hotel chain was killed instantly when her luxury car skidded off the road and hit a tree head on. Her famous pet “Tinker bell” was also killed instantly.
Such a beautiful woman, known for her wild lifestyle, was taken unnecessarily from those who loved her, adored her and looked to her as a role model. Drinking and driving does not discriminate against the rich and famous or the ordinary person. In the end, they all die needlessly to a bad choice and that’s not “hot”. We will miss you Paris!
Margaret Huddleston Age 15 Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Honorable Mention, Canada
Well Paris, now you're dead,
You should have phoned a cab instead.
In the Simple Life, you were a tool,
But when you drove sloshed, you were a fool.
Now that you're dead, that cab sounds so nice,
Because six feet under, you're as cold as ice.
Your disposable pets, you so easily forgot,
Have now been replaced with maggots & rot.
Your blonde hair and glam that we used to admire,
Are singed in flame, by a car engine fire.
What's that you say? "Loves it", "That's Hot"?
DUI, you now know, is not.
And for all of you who still drink and drive,
Paris awaits you - and she's not alive.
Rachel Martin Age: 17
Honorable mention, California
Paris Whitney Hilton was born on February 17, 1981. She was raised in the wealthy hotel owning, Hilton family. Her life recently ended due to a drunk driving crash. It was not an accident-- she had a choice whether to drive drunk or have someone else drive her; she made the wrong choice. Accidents are things such as fenderbenders, but drunk driving is no accident. Paris was known as a party girl. She did not do anything note worthy, but she was famous for her frequent "crotch shots" and partying lifestyle. She lived life in the fastlane and made decisions that affected her future. Paris will be deeply missed by her best friend Nicole Richie, dog Tinkerbell, and parents Kathy and Rick.
Written by: Heidi Montgomery, age 16
These students all got honorable mentions, and are in Pennsylvania.
I am the teacher of Middle School Gifted Students in the Interboro School
District. The students participated in the obituary writing activity in the classroom. I entered several student entries for the age group 13-14.
By Taylor Kowalski
Paris Hilton, 26 years old, died in a drinking and driving accident last night. Hilton was driving on a suspended license (shocker!) for a prior DUI in January, 2007. Hilton was the most famous woman known for doing nothing. Hilton achieved a monumentous goal of earning her G.E.D. at the age of nineteen. She starred along with Nicole Richie in a reality show, "The Simple Life" where she stated the very well known quote, "What's at a Walmart? Do you buy stuff to put on your walls there?" Hilton was involved in many teen queen arguments. She also co-authored a book about her life that hit the top 100 books, which resulted in another quote displaying her intelligence; "What is the Wall Street Journal?" Although Paris did many stupid things in her life, she taught us all one good lesson...all that shimmers will one day fade away!
By Lauren Profitt
Paris Hilton, heiress of Hilton Hotel, tragically died May 11th when her Bently crashed into a tree. She was 26 and on her way home from a star-studded Hollywood party. The autopsy showed she was highly intoxicated at the time. Eventhough she was only 26, Paris Hilton lived an interesting life. She starred in a reality show "The Simple Life" with close friend, Nicole Richie. Nicole had this to say, "Paris like has always been like a great friend, even like a sister to me. I just like can't believe she is gone." Paris even released an album, "Paris" in 2006 and her own novel, Confessions of an Heiress. Paris's scandalous tactics always kept her in the tabloids where she felt most comfortable. Paris will be remembered for an actress, singer, model, and just a famous so and so.
By Aimee Tompkins
Paris Hilton, 26 died last night in a some-what tragic car accident. The heiress got into her Bently late last night after partying her rich self into a completely intoxicated state. Sources say, she was fixing her tiara
and didn't see the tree she was approaching as she made a turn. Apparently, just before the accident, she tossed the beloved Tinkerbell out of the window. That was the only thing she has ever done that actually made a difference. Her life was anything but "simple" from the fights with people who actually did things with their lives to making "movies" and stealing songs. Daddy's money saved her from a lot of things, but daddy can't help her now.
By Theresa Fieo
Paris "heiress" Hilton, Age 26
Paris was important to our world. Her so-called "simple life" was not so simple, after all. She busted her pampered butt to provide us with consistent entertainment. She published a book which hit the Wall Street Journals top list. Hiring an author brought its rewards! She gave her try at singing and loved seeing the reactions to her songs, whether they were bad or good. Paris also enjoyed acting. On the set, she always looked her best for the "viewers sake." Paris died in a tragic car crash. She was coming home from a fashion show when her car crashed into a tree Police believed her manicured nails were too long and she couldn't grasp the steering wheel. Som say pain is beauty, but for Paris, beauty was fatal. Paris will be remembered for being spoiled and pampered. The entertainment world will never be the same...it is back to reality.
By Ryan Magness
Paris Hilton, age 26, died in a tragic car accident. she ahd been drinking heavily that night (and, every night prior). she was the only person killed in the crash. she had brought her dog into the clubs that evening, but fortunately forgot Tinkerbell at a party. Her beloved dog is safe and sound. It is debated if the dog purposely stayed out of the car that night, being the smarter of the two. Hilton may have passed, but our memories and nightmares of her attempt at acting, modeling, singing, and being smarter than a three-year-old lives on in the tabloids.
Joyce Anne Faragasso
Middle School G.A.T.E. Teacher
Interboro School District