Monument Honoring Drag Icon Divine Gets The Support Of Baltimore’s Mayor

She'd be so proud of the "small bronze representation of...doggie doo."

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has thrown her support behind a proposed monument in honor of late drag icon Divine, which local artists hope to erect on the street corner where he filmed the final scene of John Waters’ Pink Flamingos in 1972.

The famed drag queen and frequent Waters collaborator appeared in several films, including Female Trouble and the original Hairspray, and is held in high regards among the myriad of drag queens whose careers he inspired.

The eight-foot monument was first proposed by local store owner Michal Makarovich, who told the Baltimore Sun that he’s sure it would bring tourism to the neighborhood.

“There will be pilgrimages to see this,” he said. “We think there will be an international fan base.”

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Makarovich estimates the monument would cost between $50,000 and $100,000, and would turn out to be anything but ordinary:

The proposed marble and concrete monument, roughly eight feet tall and three feet wide, would consist of an arch perched atop two classically Baltimore marble steps.

A photo of Divine in full drag-queen makeup would stare out from the space under the arch, with a small bronze representation of the doggie doo he scooped up and ate at the end of Pink Flamingos resting on the top step.

Waters’ reminiscence on the days he and his cast and crew were shooting the infamous scene — “It was a magic day in our happy young lives” — would be inscribed under Divine’s photo.

“The mayor thinks that the idea sounds divine,” said Rawlings-Blake’s spokesman, Howard Libit, “and looks forward to seeing more details on the proposal.”

If all goes according to plan and the Divine Monument Team successfully funds their dream on Kickstarter, Makarovich hopes to see the monument completed before Batltimore’s annual arts festival Artscape, which runs July 15-17.

Below, check out the RuPaul’s Drag Race queens paying homage to Divine in Season 7’s “Divine Inspiration” challenge.

Matthew Tharrett is a writer, filmmaker, and above all else, a Britney fan. He once shared a milkshake with Selena Gomez.
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