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Ripley's acquires Steve Jobs portrait made entirely from old keyboard keys

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An amazing tribute to Apple’s founder was recently acquired by Ripley’s Believe it or Not, adding a key piece of artwork to their Steve Jobs collection.

On January 14, 2014 received a statement from Ripley’s in which they announced their acquisition of a Steve Jobs portrait made entirely out of keys from old keyboards. The amazing portrait was created by renowned Orlando artist Doug Powell, who in the past has created other unique artwork out of keyboards and other random objects.

"Ripley's has several of Doug's mosaics in our museums, some made from jigsaw puzzle pieces and some from computer keys," said Edward Meyer, Ripley's VP of Exhibits and Archives. "I think this is his best work yet, as it's such a large portrait and it captures Steve Jobs perfectly. He really looks like he is staring right at you."

The 7’ by 4’ portrait is a collection of 6,000 keys from old keyboards acquired at garage sales, on Craigslist and at a collection center for old keyboards. Powell used a combination of black, brown, gray, yellow and shades of off-white keys, to make the portrait. He even added a little wordplay to the image by spelling out words such as Macintosh, Apple, Pixar, iTunes along with various Steve Jobs quotes.

"Steve Jobs said it best when he said, 'I want to put a ding in the universe.' I want the viewer to ponder the infinite, profound combination of thoughts, ideas and inspirations that have surely passed through this 'intellectual porthole,' and all made possible with just the common computer key," said Powell.

The portrait is currently on display at Ripley’s corporate headquarters in Orlando, Florida.

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