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Response to Spazito (Reply #38)

Fri May 25, 2012, 03:23 PM

39. There is a large photo of it

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but the link doesn't work on DU because it has an * in it.

Google Overland Park Arboretum Nude, go to images and it's one of the first few results. It's a 3MB jpg and you can really get a sense of the thing.

It is striking.

But the bare breasts are far from the first thing I notice. And they are not just "bare breasts," they are bare breast implants with puffy nipples... the sculpture is quite intentionally about pornographic imagery, and in particular, "sexting" photos. It's a statute of a woman taking an erotic picture of herself, and her body is fragmented and cropped in the way amateur sexting photos usually are. Including the decapitation by cropping.

The idea of a rectangular frame is forced into her physical structure.

Also, she has no midsection. She really is reduced to tits and ass (and protruding pudenda). I am all for tits and ass... just noting that the work is intentionally eroticized.

I get the work. I do not, however, think it is a sensible work for a public space. There is a distinction in our culture between nudity and overtly eroticized nudity, relative to public spaces.

And whether that distinction is correct or incorrect, it is so nearly universal that in thinking what makes sense for a wide audience in a park I think this is in the inappropriate category. Not evil, just inappropriate to its setting and use.

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