Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/01/30/vc_oil_painting/

Tolkien-inspired oil painting 'immortalizes' Silicon Valley rich people

Six VCs to rule them all

By Cade Metz

Posted in Bootnotes, 30th January 2008 22:11 GMT

A woman named Jane is preparing an oil painting that "depicts the leaders of Silicon Valley in a situation inspired by the pivotal fight scene in The Fellowship of the Ring."

In a post to a website called Strayform, Jane says that the "leaders of Silicon Valley" deserve to be immortalized alongside the likes of American presidents.

"Historically, the arts have been used to immortalize leaders of the times. Stone statues of Napoleon, symphonies dedicated to kings, paintings of Washington," she writes. "But in this modern internet age of fleeting 0's and 1's, where is the artistic immortalization? It is here."

By "here," she means the oil painting she's working on. This will include five men who like tossing money at Northern California tech companies and talking about tossing money at Northern California tech companies: Intel Capital's Eghosa Omoigui, Sequoia Capital's Roelof Botha, uber-friend-of-Google Ron Conway, and, yes, TechCrunch's Michael Arrington.

And she's made sure that these "leaders of Silicon Valley" will be depicted in the most appropriate of ways: "Several scenes were examined and considered from historical art to scenes from popular movies, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Last Supper, Nighthawks The Godfather, The Lord of the Rings. A scene that best represents the drive forward towards our technological future was finally chosen." That would the Fellowship of the Ring fight scene.

You want to be included too? All you have to do is toss money at Jane. "Are you a leader in Silicon Valley that has been unfairly left out of this work of art?" she asks. "Much like patronages offered by the leaders depicted in historical works, your patronage can earn you the recognition you deserve. A pledge/patronage of $200 or more earns you your rightful place in this masterpiece. The limit is 6 spots (should more than 6 pledgers put in $200, the 6 contributing the most money will be included)."

And if your pledge is the highest of the high, you can hang the painting on your very own wall. "Digital copies of this masterpiece can circulate freely so that all may know your name. However, only one original physical copy exists [or will exist]. This one of a kind painting will be shipped to the pledger investing the most money on this proposal."

But you get better get moving. The pledge deadline is tomorrow - as noted by our good friends at Valleywag. ®