Student's bin Laden sketch proves prophetic

A drawing at a Savannah art festival last weekend foreshadowed the shooting of Osama bin Laden.

Groves High School junior Nicolas Vargas, participating in Savannah College of Art and Design's Sidewalk Arts Festival, started out with two chalk sketches: One was a deep hole with China at the other end, according to the Savannah Morning News.

The other sketch was of a skull with grinding gears where the brain should be. Vargas’s teacher suggested that one, but it took up two squares on the sidewalk, which meant the drawing would be disqualified.

So, Vargas scrubbed it off and worked on another idea, one based off of the deep hole. It was a sketch of Osama bin Laden being captured.

Vargas drew bin Laden emerging from a hole in the ground — reminiscent of the 2003 capture of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. The chalk drawing depicted the bearded al-Qaida leader with his hands up, the newspaper said.

“I thought it would be kind of funny,” Vargas told the Morning News. “I didn’t realize that Special Forces were actually looking for him and about to close in.”

Sidewalk Arts Festival judges gave it an honorable mention in the prospective student category, the Morning News said.

The drawing also became a talker among the crowd.

“People were walking by, taking pictures and laughing,” Vargas told the newspaper. “Then Sunday night I saw the news that Osama bin Laden had actually been killed. It was so weird.

“Monday, everyone at school was asking, ‘How did I know?’”