News of the Weird: Artist turns his fat into soap

  • by: CHUCK SHEPHERD
  • Updated: June 21, 2013 - 12:39 PM

Orestes de la Paz’s exhibit at the Frost Art Museum in Miami in May recalled Chuck Palahniuk’s novel and film “Fight Club,” in which lead character Tyler Durden’s principal income source was making upscale soap using discarded liposuctioned fat fetched from the garbage of cosmetic surgeons. De la Paz told his mentor at Florida International University that he wanted to display his own liposuctioned fat provocatively but decided to make soap when he realized that the fat would otherwise quickly rot. Some visitors to the exhibit were able to wash their hands with the engineered soap, which De la Paz offered for sale at $1,000 a bar.

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