A likeness of Prime Minister Boris Johnson sculpted entirely from butter was unveiled today in Westminster.

The butter bust is painstakingly hand-carved from the unlikely foodstuff and is affectionately nicknamed ‘Butter Boris’. The new sculpture is specially commissioned to mark the launch of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 2020 Annual, published by Century, a division of Penguin Random House UK, out today.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 2020 Annual is a book that celebrates all things weird and wonderful from around the world. Amongst the many oddities featured in the book is the incredible art of crafting life-size butter sculptures of well-known personalities. As the sitting Prime Minister and one of the most recognisable figures in the UK today, the likeness of Boris Johnson makes a truly British contribution to the art form.

The dairy depiction of Johnson was revealed against the backdrop of the Houses of Parliament, a stone’s throw away from Parliament Square where statues of past Prime Ministers stand, including Winston Churchill, Benjamin Disraeli, Sir Robert Peel and David Lloyd George.

Food sculptor Prudence Staite took five days to carve the bust. ‘Butter Boris’ is made from fifteen kilos of British butter and comes in at over 100,000 calories. 



Sabrina Sieck, Creative Content Manager and Lead Researcher at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! says, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has been home to the world’s weirdest and most wonderful talents for the past 100 years. We’ve discovered amazing people from all over the world making art from things you’d never expect – spices, bugs, nails, breast milk! Butter sculpting is another of those amazing art forms that has to be seen to be believed!”

As well as butter sculpting, the Ripley's Believe it or Not! annual is a compendium of unbelievable stories, mind boggling facts, amazing people and creations from around the world. The annual features many oddities including the world’s spiciest ice cream from Glasgow, a tribe in Bangladesh that trains otters to herd fish into their nets, and a man from Brazil who has lived in a sandcastle for more than twenty years. 

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