Giant ‘Vagina’ sculpture was vandalized

Giant ‘Vagina’ sculpture was vandalized

Giant sculpture, created by Anish Kapoor in France’s Palace of Versailles, was damaged by vandals who spayed it all over with paint.

Giant sculpture, created by Anish Kapoor in France’s Palace of Versailles, was damaged by vandals who spayed it all over with paint. 

Critics said the sculpture was “dirty” and “gross” when its creator,  Anish Kapoor, said the sculpture signified “the vagina of the queen who took power”.

The sculpture was vandalized on Wednesday. Now workers are cleaning it. According to Kapoor, the incident is “a tragedy”.

Process of cleaning the sculpture

Process of cleaning the sculpture

In his interview with Le Figero, Anish Kapoor said that those who damaged the sculpture appeared to be “a small fraction of people who have been told that any creative act is an endangerment of a sacred past, revered to the extreme.”

The sculpture, also known as Dirty Corner, is located outside the home-palace of the 18th century queen of France Marie Antoinette. Kapoor also mentioned that he never said the word “queen” to refer to the subject of the piece of art. According to him, he was mis-quoted.

Anish Kapoor

Anish Kapoor

Kapoor was quoted in French newspaper, referring the sculpture as “the vagina of the queen coming into power”. Later, he said the sculpture was open to interpretation.

Inevitably, one comes across the body, our bodies and a certain level of sexuality. But it is certainly not the only thing it is about

Artist also added that he knew about the power of art and that it could offend. He said the Dirty Corner was an artistic violence.

Anish Kapoor is well-known for his Orbital Tower and Marsyas sculpture in London.

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