The message said:
> Entries for an sculpture art contest at the Hirshhorn
> Modern Art Gallery in DC.
> The artist could use only one sheet of paper.
Two years ago, as now, it seemed obvious that all these supposed contest entries were by the same person. That made me skeptical. I looked at the Hirshhorn's website. They had never had any such contest. I checked Snopes.com. Nothing. I forwarded the email to Snopes and meanwhile looked for more information. A blog that perpetuated the Hirshhorn contest myth included the images, so I forwarded the link (and my skepticism) to my usual recipients, rather than fill their inboxes with attachments.The blog page has disappeared or I'd give you the link here.
My friend Nancy 3. Hoffman was also curious, and she was more persistent and clever than I. She discovered that these are the works of a Danish artist, Peter CALLESEN. His wonderful website, http://petercallesen.com/index/index2.html, has many, many brilliantly creative and beautiful examples of his paper cutting art.
Snopes has never covered the story. I guess that the lack of proper attribution for an artist's work, and the incorrect reference to a nonexistent contest at a fine art museum, do not rise to the level of internet urban legend for them. Hence this post.
Maybe some day the Hirshhorn will hold an exhibit of Callesen's works. It hasn't yet, but maybe it should, so that this highly-circulated message will have -- retroactively -- a grain of truth.