United Kingdom
This article was added by the user . TheWorldNews is not responsible for the content of the platform.

Toy panda wins pub's 'Turnip Prize' awarded to a bad piece of art

A toy panda called 'Mick' has won Britain's most famous spoof modern art prize.  

The Turnip Prize was awarded to the creator of 'Panda Mick' - a not so subtle homage to 'pandemic' - in front of a packed audience in a ceremony at The New Inn, Wedmore, Somerset 

The crowd cheered when the 69-year-old winner, who was using an alias with the surname 'Pi Pi Ee', accepted the prize - a turnip mounted on a six-inch nail.

The mock prize rewards the artist who puts the least amount of effort into a work, was first given out in 1999 as a jibe at modern art.  

Trevor Prideaux came up with the competition idea after seeing Tracey's Emin's 'My Bed' - a controversial work which was exhibited at the Tate Gallery as one of the shortlisted works for the Turner Prize.

The Turnip Prize was awarded to the creator of 'Panda Mick' - a not so subtle homage to 'pandemic'

The crowd cheered when the 69-year-old winner, who was using an alias with the surname 'Pi Pi Ee', accepted the prize - a turnip mounted on a six-inch nail

Speaking after 'Panda Mick' won this year's Turnip Prize, Mr Prideaux said: 'I am delighted with the lack of effort taken to create this work.'

The artist, an architect originally from Sydney, Australia said: 'I have always had grand designs on art and wanted to create something contemporary to build on the foundation of my black and white portfolio.'

The prize winner, who now lives in Bradford-on-Avon in Wiltshire, added: 'It's a great honour to win this prestigious award.'

Emma Jones, the representative of the artist who won the award, pictured with the Turnip Prize and 'Panda Mick'

Pictured: One of the finalists, 'Glowball Warming' - a glowball on a hot water bottle

Another finalist, 'Green Energy' - a green 9v battery - is pictured above 

Mr Prideaux said this year's event attracted 96 entries, adding that this year's winner 'clearly has what it takes to be recognised in modern art circles and will be remembered in art history for no time at all'.

He continued: 'I believe that over the last twenty-three years the artists entering the Turnip Prize have created by far better works than Alex Farquharson and The Tate Britain Gallery could ever wish to exhibit'.

'The four finalists will be on show at the New Inn, Wedmore, Somerset until Friday December 3 and I encourage everyone to support your local pub during these difficult times.

'All entries still at the pub after Friday 3 will be thrown in the skip.'