On David Hensel’s Submission to the Royal Academy of Art

A top art gallery in Britain displayed a block of slate topped by a small piece of wood as a work of art, unaware that it was merely the plinth for a missing sculpture. The Royal Academy in London later admitted that it was confused because the plinth and sculpture — a human head by artist David Hensel — were sent to the museum separately. “Given their separate submission, the two parts were judged independently,” museum officials said. “The head was rejected. The base was thought to have merit and accepted.”

— The Guardian, The Week, June 30, 2006

“We know our art, we do not minth

our words,” the Royal Jury said.

“A human noggin won’t convinth.

A thlab of thlate is far more great,

causing the true aeththetic winth.

Off with his head!” the Jury said.

“Off with his head, and on with his plinth!”

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