Apparently British sculptor Marc Quinn is ready to unveil his latest creation, a nearly $2.8 million, 110-pound solid gold statue of the supermodel Kate Moss. In addition to following the recent trend set by Damien Hirst’s vile diamond skull in which the concept of value is stretched out of all proportions by the mechanisms of the modern art market and economies that we wish would just hurry up and collapse already, the statue is also hyped as the largest solid gold creation realized since ancient Egypt.
Quinn, the artist responsible for 2006′s Sphinx, a painted bronze statue of Moss in a somewhat provocative yoga pose, has dubbed his new golden girl Siren. If this latest cultural spunk fest follows the theme of his previous Kate Moss works, then we can expect her feet to be somewhere near her ears and various leotard-clad nether-folds inelegantly exposed to public gaze. And while the venerable London museum has so far only released a close-up photo of the statue’s face, one can safely assume that it will look something like this:
In his defense Quinn says: “I thought the next thing to do would be to make a sculpture of the person who’s the ideal beauty of the moment, But even Kate Moss doesn’t live up to the image.”
Members of the British public will soon be able to determine for themselves whether the statue succeeds where Moss apparently failed, with the objet d’art annoyingly going on display in the same British Museum gallery that houses the institution’s ancient Greek sculpture collection. Perhaps at the same time they will discover whether or not the conscience of the nation, so heavily weighed upon by this most heinous effigy of modern vulgarity, will let them sleep at night.
The statue will be on display from October 4th through January 25th. During this time is it estimated that 1808000 children will die from hunger-related causes throughout the world. We shudder to think what could be next.