Subject: Our Lady of Lint
Date: 24 Dec 1998 00:00:00 GMT
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Madonna Sculpture Made From Lint
By Lisa Singhania
Associated Press Writer
Thursday, December 24, 1998; 2:47 p.m. EST
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- The life-size Madonna sculpture
at the First Reformed Church of Grandville is a labor of love --
and a lot of dryer lint.
Artist Amy Greving used ``bags and bags'' of the wispy stuff
collected from fellow members of the 750-person congregation
to fashion her tribute to the real meaning of Christmas.
She spent more than three months of weekends and spare
time sculpting the Virgin and Child.
This was her first time working with dryer lint
Ms. Greving treated the fuzz with a solution to create
a papier-mache-like substance, wrapped it around a chicken wire
frame and applied metallic paint.
``From a distance, it looks like a metal sculpture, but when you
touch it has more of a papery feel,'' Ms. Greving says.
(And she says the sculpture is light enough to easily be
carried by two people.)
She turned to the congregation for help finding lint this summer
after her husband accidentally threw out two big sacks she had
saved from the family laundry. But she didn't tell people what
the lint was for.
``Frankly most people thought it was a joke at first,'' recalls
Associate Pastor James Karsten, who contributed a bag.
``Now that they see what lint can be turned into, we've had
to tell them to stop bringing it in.''
Greving used the hair and fuzz but had to pull out the bubble gum
wrappers in some of the contributions from the congregation.
``The finished product is incredible considering what she
started with,'' says Jenny Henderson, a congregant,
who didn't contribute any lint. ``I couldn't bring myself to
put the lint in a bag because it was so ugly. I feel kind of cheated
because I missed out.''
She may get another chance next year. Greving is planning
a Joseph sculpture.
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