July 23, 2014

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The twisted art of Keith McGuckin

Click here to read about area artist Keith McGuckin’s latest Christmas display

McGuckin`s 2006 “Gingerbread” diorama caused outrage. The public opposition to his art brought about the removal. Notoriety from the display spread across the country, and McGuckin appeared on Comedy Central`s “The Colbert Report.”

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Also in 2006, McGuckin had Frosty the Snowman saved by a power outage while trying to take his own life with a salon hair-dryer:

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For Christmas `05, McGuckin warmed hearts with a child getting a meth lab and a display of a snowman looming over a body. Both were shown in the window of Watson Hardware in Oberlin:

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This image of McGuckin`s off-the-wall artwork about an evil giraffe was on display at the Oberlin Public Library in January 2007:

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McGuckin created this tribute in January 2007 to soldiers lost in Iraq in 46 months, using the flag and 3,000 toy soldiers to represent the American soldiers who lost their lives there:

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