- TikToker and artist @sunday.nobody created a 3,000-pound coffin for a bag of chips.
- The artist said the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos bag would be buried “for future civilizations to find.”
- The project took him months, and he shared the arduous process in a video viewed 10 million times.
A 28-year-old TikToker built an elaborate, 3,000-pound, reinforced-concrete sarcophagus to bury a small bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos “for future civilizations to find.”
@Sunday.nobody, a meme artist whose other works include a “21st-century religious manuscript” that’s a transcript of the movie “Shrek” written by a robot and a “Bee Movie” maze, shared the four-month-long process in a November 6 TikTok that’s since been viewed more than 10 million times.
The Seattle-based creator, who asked that Insider not use his real name, built everything for the project from scratch, including the molding for the sarcophagus. “Twenty-one-hundred pounds of concrete and a bunch of random bruises later,” he left the sarcophagus and headstone for a month and a half to dry. Then, he used a pry bar and sledgehammer to remove the molding, dyed the sarcophagus black, and used his car to flip over its 900-pound headstone — breaking his work table in the process.
He then embossed Flamin’ Hot Cheetos’ ingredients on the gold leaf headstone as a finishing touch.
All in, the project cost him $1,200, he told Insider. He funded the project by saving up money from his day job as an animator.
He’d been saving for two years, when he realized that it wasn’t making him happy. So he began spending his money on shop tools and art supplies, “because there’s nothing else I’d really want to spend my money on. I don’t want clothes or a car or any of that stuff.”
He’d rather focus on making outrageous, fun art projects than saleable work. “I’d rather sell myself to my job rather than sell my art to people,” he said. “I don’t really want to be a salesperson.”
It may seem ridiculous to make a 3,000-pound sarcophagus to secure a snack-size bag of Cheetos (and it is), but Sunday.nobody wanted to make sure the bag could endure for thousands of years, so he cast the bag in resin, suspended the Cheetos inside the coffin with wires, and hermetically sealed the structure.
He’d done a call-out on his Instagram account months before for any locals might let him bury the coffin on their property, and a couple who’d seen his earlier projects agreed. After several hours of digging and with the help of a tractor and an especially long pry bar, he finally buried his 3,000-pound creation in the ground.
On top of the freshly churned dirt plot, he added a monument to mark the burial site: “Historical artifact buried below. Do not open for 10,000 years. Year buried 2022.”
All that’s left to do, he told Insider, is deliver the headstone — decorated with a QR code that directs to his video.
While online reception of his work has been mostly positive, Sunday. nobody isn’t overly concerned with response to the project.
“Once I put my art out online, it’s no longer mine,” he told Insider. For a meme artist, he sees himself as “just one little step” in the collaborative space of the internet, where the most rewarding act is when the internet, its own infinitely diverse organism, metabolizes a project and “elevates” it, “morphing into something exciting,” as millions of different viewers interpret his work and create their own millions of iterations.
Commenters joked that his intensive project “might be the best way to describe our generation” and mused about its discovery — thousands of years in the future — leading to the artist being featured in history classes and predicting “this bag will start a war someday” or wind up in “a museum on Saturn in 2245.”
For the 28-year-old who “makes joke art,” as he might explain it to people his parents’ age, he said, his favorite comment is one by @kat.aliseee: “They’ll either think we worshipped Hot Cheetos, or that they destroyed us all. Either way, they’ll be correct.”
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