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Performance artist Vincent Trasov appeared in several locales in the guise of a giant legume, but perhaps the most memorable was his 1974 run for mayor of Vancouver.

Mr. Peanut on the inaugural cover of General Idea’s FILE magazine.

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In front of Vancouver Court House during election campaign, 1974

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On the Staten Island ferry, NYC, with EM Plunkett, 1972

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Signing in at Vancouver City Hall, October, 1974

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Susan Subtle, Dr. Brute and Mr. Peanut celebrating art's birthday at Elks Building, Los Angeles.

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Before gracing the Vancouver Court House in 1974,performance artist Vincent Trasov appeared in New York, Halifax, Toronto and L.A. before making his big hometown splash, where he ran for mayor, snagging 2,685 votes.

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