Written by PETA
Tourists in Washington, D.C., are getting some food for thought courtesy of PETA's art installation on the National Mall. The Diner, by political artist Greg Metz, is housed inside a 28-foot 1955 Airstream trailer. One side of this clever piece shows a re-creation of the Last Supper—with famous vegetarians throughout history, including Sir Paul McCartney, Pamela Anderson, George Bernard Shaw, and Gandhi, replacing the apostles—and the other side shows graphic images of factory farms and slaughterhouses. Imbedded in the Airstream is a TV screen that plays PETA's video "Meet Your Meat."
The Diner is getting lots of attention. Thousands of people are stopping by every day, and many leave with stickers and copies of PETA's vegetarian/vegan starter kit and our video "Chew on This: 30 Reasons to Go Vegetarian."
The Diner will remain on the National Mall at the intersection of 14th Street S.W. and Jefferson Drive S.W. through Sunday, so if you're in town, come by and say "Hi." But if you can't make it to the Mall before then, check out this Flickr page.
Written by Paula Moore
The last time I heard about The Diner, it was in the bottom of a ravine in Europe somewhere, Spain, I think. My friend Sean, who was driving it all over Europe, apparently hadn't worked out that when you’re towing a giant RV full of Jesus and other famous vegetarians throughout history, you need to ride the brakes a little harder than normal, and he wound up going over the edge of a cliff. Luckily, nobody was badly hurt, probably because Jesus was his co-pilot. Literally.
OK, so fast forward like five years. Now, just in time for Holy Week, The Diner, a controversial art exhibit—by political artist Greg Metz—that mimics ‘The Last Supper’ but replaces the disciples with famous vegetarians and shows the dark side of eating meat, is on a cross-country tour of the US. If you’ve never seen it, this thing is actually very cool, with likenesses of Sir Paul McCartney, Jesus, George Bernard Shaw, Louisa May Alcott, Leo Tolstoy, and other vegetarians on one side and graphic images of factory farms and slaughterhouses on the other. And it's all housed in a 1955 Airstream RV. Pretty wild, huh?
As you can imagine, it's getting lots of attention at every stop. Here’s a shot of PETA campaigner Mike Brazell, who has so far been successful at keeping it out of ravines. Have a good tour, Mike, and be safe . . .
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