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Thursday, 7 August 2003


Ananova reports that 74 year old Norma "Duffy" Lyon from Des Moines, Iowa, is making a model of a Harley-Davidson motorbike out of butter. This full-scale butter V-Rod will commemorate Harley-Davidson's 100th anniversary. The butter she is using is five years old, which is about the maximum age she likes to work with because the consistency changes.

Ms Lyon began the Harley sculpture last week after finishing a life-sized butter model of a dairy cow (she has carved life-sized dairy cow out of butter for the Iowa state fair for more than 40 years. She had to get permission from the company to create the sculpture and she works from several pictures of a V-Rod taken from different angles.

The motorcycle is built on a frame which is covered in butter. Ms Lyon plans to use about 300lbs of unsalted butter in completing the sculpture.

The IPKat asks: “While getting permission to use a design- or copyright-protected object is a safe course of action, is the making of a butter sculpture out of an industrially manufactured object necessarily an infringing act? And does anyone out there know whether Andy Warhol got permission to copy the Campbell soup cans?”.

Norma Lyon’s Last Supper here
Don’t confuse “Duffy” with another sculptor called Norma Lyon, who works in ceramics.
Find out here what five year old butter tastes like.
Click here for sculptures in ice cream, lard, chocolate, human fat and human body fluids

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