The Virgin Mary is one of the most iconic ideas in the world of art. A mother’s love for her child, be it adult or divine infant, was one of the most inspiring images in the art world and it has inspired literally thousands of paintings, drawings, sculptures, statues, and stains on furniture. However, one particularly… creative image of the Virgin Mary is causing quite a problem in a wealthy village in Long Island, New York. Old Westbury, Long Island, is up in arms over a 33-foot tall naked statue of the Virgin Mary that features her body vivisected to reveal the fetus inside.
“It’s out of character with the neighborhood. We have to appease the residents, they have to preserve their bucolic views. The question is, does it belong in Old Westbury? Does it belong on a residential property?” asked Old Westbury mayor Fred Carillo.
Owner Aby Rosen bought the art work in 2005 from British artist Damien Hirst. Rosen has over 900 pieces of art, and the home the artwork is placed at is the historic A. Conger Goodyear House, named for its original owner, the first president of the Museum of Modern Art. Even though no one but Rosen and people in his home can see the artwork, it could be subject to village rules restricting heights of gazebos and accessory structures to under 25 feet. For now, the statue is covered in black cloth until it is either moved or replaced with something less disturbing.
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