Sand Artist Recreates the Iconic Photo of Prince Playing ‘Purple Rain’ in the Rain at Super Bowl XLI

Upon hearing the news of the tragic death of Prince, sand artist Joe Mangrum took to his favorite medium and in the middle of Washington Square Park in New York City, recreated the incredible Theo Wargo photo of the musician playing “Purple Rain” during the rainy Super Bowl XLI Half-Time Show in 2007.

Prince Tribute

The original Theo Wargo photo.

Super Bowl 2007. Shot in the purple rain. Magical

A photo posted by Theo Wargo photography (@theowargophotography) on

image by Joe Mangrum

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Lori Dorn
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