The Washington Post’s annual Peeps diorama contest inevitably contains entries reflecting current events and pop culture from the past year (see, for example, this year’s collection of Miley Cyrus-themed works, in addition to references to Edward Snowden, the Sochi Olympics, and the polar vortex). Among the news stories depicted in the 2014 finalists, the following museum and monument-related items were included:
The winning entry shows the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, whose 50th anniversary was commemorated last year. This gray-scale diorama resembles a historic photograph and shows the Washington Monument, the Reflecting Pool, and the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
“Peeps Painting Peeps” references the story of the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s being taken over by the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University after it was unable to stay afloat on its own.
In “This Site Is Opened,” World War II veterans in Peeps form break through barriers to get to the World War II Memorial after the government shutdown halted the everyday work of the National Park Service and numerous other agencies.
One diorama shows “Rusty the Red Peep” partying and eating jumbo slice pizza in Adams Morgan after escaping the National Zoo. The artists do a good job of making a Peep look like a red panda.
Another zoo story depicted in a diorama is that of the baby giant panda Bao Bao, who delights her admirers from inside her enclosure.