Bob Dylan – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (Unplugged)
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ALS is responsible for nearly 6000 deaths annually, and not much has changed in 70 years.
Having grown up with rock legend Bob Dylan, Rob Borsellino always wanted to shake the hand of his favorite artist. With the help of a friend those hands finally met out west near a corn field.
On April 21, 2006, legendary musicians Bob Dylan and Merle Haggard traveled to Des Moines, Iowa to perform a concert in Borsellino’s honor, raising over $100,000 for the ALS Association.
Rob received the Voice of Courage Award accepted by Sen. Tom Harkin at ALSA’s Celebration of Excellence Reception and Awards Presentation in Washington, D.C.
Columnist for Des Moines Registry, Rob testified before the Senate Subcommittee 2005.
The ALS community has many Legends – Rob Borsellino was just that.
Robert Ripley said it was the most lifelike image ever made of man!
Which is which??
What came next was stranger still. The artist bored a tiny, individual hole for every pore on his body and plucked the corresponding hair from that pore and inserted it at the exact position on the statue.
In this manner he covered the entire sculpture with all of his own hair – head, beard, backs of his hands, legs, eyebrows and eyelashes (yep, and “that” part, too).
Then Masakichi pulled out all of his own fingernails, toe nails and teeth and carefully put them in their exact place on the statue. As a finishing touch he gave the statue his glasses, his clothes, a sculpting tool and a tiny mask he had made.
The figure appears somewhat emaciated because the TB was already taking it’s toll. He was 53 when the amazing statue was finished in 1885.
Masakichi held a private exhibition of his work. He stood beside the artwork to the utter confusion and awe of the audience who could not tell which was him and which was not, nor comprehend how such a magnificent work had been created.