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London College Students Are Freaking Out Over a ‘Phallic' Sculpture

Added 08-05-22 09:49:02pm EST - “"Through the conversion of anatomy into an architectural construction I want to re-assess the relation between body and space," artist Sir Antony Gormley explained in a statement.” - Thedailybeast.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thedailybeast.com: “London College Students Are Freaking Out Over a ‘Phallic’ Sculpture”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

“Through the conversion of anatomy into an architectural construction I want to re-assess the relation between body and space,” artist Sir Antony Gormley explained in a statement.

College students these days are certainly prone to ideological dustups: currently, at Imperial College in London, a group of students are moving to block the installation of a sculpture by artist Sir Antony Gormley due to concerns that the steel structure, which certain students are claiming is “phallic in nature,” will “hurt the image and reputation of the college.”

The motion to block the sculpture, which is being distributed by the Imperial College Union, claims that while the sculpture is purportedly depicting a squatting human body, it instead evokes a phallus that amounts to a protuberance that sticks out “approximately three meters horizontally.”

There’s “nothing inherently wrong with phallic imagery in art,” the motion continues, but the “phallic interpretation’s preoccupation with the penis could be considered inappropriate for a grand public display, especially given the statue’s size.” The Daily Beast reached out to the Imperial College Union for comment.

“Despite the support within the union, and that the paper has apparently been seen by senior college staff and Gormley’s team, I doubt that it will affect the installation of ALERT,” an anonymous Imperial College student told The Art Newspaper. “I think that this is not the sort of thing that the college would pull out of or listen to students about.”

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