Artist Builds 3,000-Pound Tomb to Preserve Bag of Hot Cheetos

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Deep in the Pacific Northwest, entombed in a 3,000-pound concrete sarcophagus, lies a resin-encased bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. The snack food time capsule is the Washington artist and TikTokker Sunday Nobody’s most recent project, one of several “meme” art pieces that have gone viral on the short-form video platform.

Sunday Nobody documented the long, thoughtful process of creating a snack food crypt on TikTok, where the video has racked up more than 11 million views since its upload in early November.

“This is how I made a 3,000-pound sarcophagus, and put a bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos on the inside of it, and dug a big hole, and buried it underground for future civilizations to find,” Sunday Nobody says in his video.

In the 3-minute montage that follows, the TikTokker shows the entire process behind creating an engraved, sterile, earthquake-proof tomb designed to last 10,000 years. While Sunday Nobody runs into some problems — it’s difficult to maneuver and transport a humongous block of concrete — it’s remarkable how thorough he is. The artist suspends the resin-preserved bag of Cheetos with wires to protect it from earthquakes and sterilizes the concrete tomb with a 10-watt diode laser.

"I just do these meme art projects as a fun side hobby right now. My day job is working as an animator. When I'm not at my 9-5 I'm usually in my art studio,” the artist told Newsweek.

The 4-month-long art piece cost around $1,100, according to one of Sunday Nobody’s comments.

“I thought I had been bored many times in my life, but now I've realized that I've never been truly, genuinely bored, like Cheetos-sarcophagus bored,” one viewer commented, adding a laughing emoji.

The tomb, engraved with the snack’s long ingredients list, is buried somewhere in the Pacific Northwest, though the exact location remains unknown. That said, Sunday Nobody did fashion a small monument to mark the burial site. “Do not open for 10,000 years,” the inscription reads.

The project is unaffiliated with Cheetos or Frito-Lay, though a spokesperson for the brand released a statement to Newsweek.

"Cheetos fans never cease to amaze us with their love for the brand, but this one really wowed us. It's an honorable mission to preserve Flamin' Hot Cheetos for future generations, and we are here for it."

Sunday Nobody’s other viral art projects include a wicked hard treasure hunt, which combined esoteric ciphers, riddles, and internet pop culture. The prize? A portrait of the winner and $788 worth of Chili’s gift cards.

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