By Dan Zak
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, April 8, 2007; Page M01
We were expecting a dozen or so entrants for our first-ever Peeps Diorama Contest. We got somewhere north of 350 from across the area and the world.
Who knew marshmallow treats inspired such creativity? Here, see some of the inspired entries from the first-ever Sunday Source Peeps Diorama Contest.
There were copious dioramas with antiwar or patriotic themes ("Give Peeps a Chance" and "George Washingpeep Crossing the Delaware," for example). Several chronicled Britney Spears's meltdown in front of the "Peeparazzi." Two dioramas adapted a classic Charlton Heston movie line: "Soylent Green is Peeps!"
There were some that stretched the boundaries of taste, such as the diorama titled "Dear Metrobus: Please Stop Running Over Our Peeps," which featured a cardboard bus with prostrated marshmallow bunnies in front of it. And an Army officer stationed in Kandahar, Afghanistan, crafted a diorama of Saddam Hussein's execution, with a purple bunny Peep hanging from a noose.
As we said: Wow.
I pulled out two local highlights:
"Rosslyn Metro Station, Friday 5 p.m."
Semifinalist: "We thought it would just be funny to show the world as most people see it on a Friday afternoon," says Maria McLeod, 27, a sales associate at Express who collaborated with her brother-in-law, Phil Bauer. The pair took some shots in a station with a digital camera and pasted the photos onto cardboard to create the train and the tunnel.
"Peepsamania at the National Zoo"
Semifinalist: "It's about the whole panda hoopla," says Jill Yutan, 45, a landscape architect who lives in Arlington. "I was kind of amazed by all the professional adults out there with their cameras watching Tai Shan's every move."
The rest of the Top 22 photos are here.