President Obama Comes to Times Square! (Sort of)
New York, NY (March 31, 2009) - Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square today unveiled a portrait of President Barack Obama made entirely of gumballs-12,784 of them! The amazing 12,784-gumball portrait is now on display at Ripley’s
The one-of-a-kind, six-by-six foot portrait of the President, which can be seen for free from Ripley’s street entrance, will become part of Ripley’s Believe It or Not Times Square!’s permanent collection of unique presidential artifacts.
The collection already features a portrait of President Abraham Lincoln made entirely of Lincoln pennies, locks of George Washington’s, Abraham Lincoln’s and John F. Kennedy’s hair, and other amazing historical items.
“Ripley’s Believe It or Not Times Square! is proud to feature this truly unique presidential portrait,” said Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square General Manager Michael Hirsch. “It is a genuine work of art and it makes a wonderful addition to our presidential collection. This is a one-of-a-kind portrait that has to be seen.”
The portrait was designed artist Franz Spohn, and assembled by dozens of school children as part of a Martin Luther King Day celebration at the King Kennedy Center in Ravenna, Ohio.
About Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square
Situated in the heart of Times Square in Manhattan, New York, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! offers visitors the ultimate insight into the world of the odd and bizarre. Hundreds of weird and unusual artifacts are displayed in more than 20 themed galleries spanning two floors. Whether examining a six-legged cow, a lock of Elvis’ hair, 24 shrunken heads (the most on public display anywhere on the planet), a section of the Berlin wall, or a life-size albino giraffe, the amazing Ripley’s Believe It or Not! collection proves that fact is indeed stranger than fiction. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square (www.ripleysnewyork.com) is located at 234 West 42nd Street and is open daily 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Call 212-398-3133.