14 12 2003
#215

BUTTERSHOES

Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2003 14:27:12 -0000

"STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- As shoe collections go, the one found by a pair of Swedish hikers definitely had no place in any closet. A Swedish couple hunting on a remote mountain Sunday in Sweden's far northern province of Jaemtland found 70 pairs of shoes, all filled with butter.

"If we knew who had done this we could make them clean this mess up," Alf Kjaellstroem, a province spokesman told The Associated Press Thursday. "It's not going to be pretty when the butter starts to rot. And we have to wait for the snow so we can get up there with the snowmobile."

He said there were 140 shoes of all kinds -- sneakers, children's shoes, high heels, boots and tap shoes -- each stuffed with half a kilo (1.1 pound) of butter and spread out in the landscape. The find was similar to one done by artist Yu Xiuzhen's in 1996. His exhibit "Shoes With Butter", was laid out in the Tibetan mountains surrounding Lhasa, China."

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