When stars meet their maker, the fans they leave behind (or people who want to appeal to them) pay tribute, often in very strange ways. That's certainly the case with the late John Denver, who took his name from our fair city. Below, see the ten oddest artistic salutes to the singer of our state's official song. Will they inspire giggles or make you feel Rocky Mountain high? You be the judge. Number 10: What a doll
This so-called "John Denver Art Doll," which we spotted on Etsy (click the link for details), is kinda amazing -- and definitely not the work of a 3D printer. Here's the artist's description:
For the John Denver fan, this doll is especially made! I created this John Denver art doll with his circa 1970's look in bell bottom blue pants, floral shirt, and vest. He has a detailed hand painted face, bobbed cut hair, and even has tiny silver wire spectacles! For a little pizzaz I added one of his snazzy blue guitars and a tiny copy of one of his albums too!
Little John is a bargain, too. Price: $4.50! Number 9: Now you see him, now you don't
Found this image on Pinterest, and the longer we look at it, the more confused we get. Is it saying that JD embodied the beauty of nature? Or that he's disappeared into it, dust-to-dust style? Dunno -- but his hair still looks terrific! Continue to keep counting down our ten weirdest pieces of John Denver art. Number 8: A stain in the glass
Ever wanted a window onto John's world? Here's your chance! The company that makes this item (click the link to visit) describes it in poetic terms used by the bard himself:
"Come dance with the west wind and touch on the mountain tops, Sail o'er the canyons and up to the stars, And reach for the heavens and hope for the future, And all that we can be and not what we are." These words from John Denver, in his 1972 release "The Eagle and the Hawk", are a poignant reminder of his profound love of nature and its connection to our lives. As we struggle to understand this deeper meaning, it may be as simple as taking the time to watch the majestic flight of a hawk that ultimately exposes the truth to us all.
Number 7: Country-boy angel
This print is entitled "Almost Heaven" -- a moniker that's either ultra-appropriate or extremely morbid, depending upon your viewpoint. The site linked here (it's been visited by just over 4,000 people since 2002!) says the image has the blessing of the John Denver Estate and Windstar Productions. Is it lovelier if it's authorized? Continue to keep counting down our ten weirdest pieces of John Denver art. Number 6: Elmo would approve
Denver performed with the Muppets back in the day, so it's appropriate that this characterization makes him look like one -- either that or an extra from Planet of the Apes. The linked site here accompanies the image with the phrase "Always the spirit in his own right," which presumably means no one is pulling his strings, no matter how it might appear. Number 5: And if you don't like this one...
Bet the author of this painting took a good ten minutes perfecting this astonishing likeness. But he's no one-trick pony. The website here also offers paintings of everyone from Alanis Morissette and Slash to Albert Einstein and Wild Bill Hickok. And they're all just as gorgeous as this one. Continue to keep counting down our ten weirdest pieces of John Denver art. Number 4: Wind beneath his wings
Like John D. Benson's likeness? If so, you can have it reproduced in multiple formats, including as a greeting card. No, we're not making that up. Number 3: Shush!
Yes, Denver has his own ski line, designed by PARR, described as "Icelantic's signature artist." Here's the pitch:
The John Denver signature ski will be Icelantic's Nomad model, offered in three different lengths. The Nomad is a one-ski quiver. Able to tackle any and every snow condition, at ease among ridges and peaks, and eager to carve up any terrain, the Nomad is an exceptional tool of versatility. Its shapely curves and balanced flex give the Nomad remarkable stability, superb maneuverability and explosive power. If you favor a bit of everything and want a ski that can handle anything, The Nomad is the ski for you!
John Denver meets Van Gogh in "Farewell Andromeda, Welcome To My Morning," which can be yours for just £160, or around $250. Don't try trading a severed ear for it, though. Number 1: It's all relative
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We can't tell if these two images (also available as greeting cards!) are supposed to capture Denver's yin and yang, or if the one on the right is supposed to be his sister. Either way, we're astonished -- and disturbed.
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