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It's very interesting to show this sculpture in the British Museum because it's where I remember seeing the mask of Tutankhamun in 1970s and that was one of the most important images for me and to kind of come back with the work inspired by that is great As far as I know it's the largest gold statue certainly since Antiquity and probably ever It's fifty kilos which doesn't sound very much but in fact in a cast statue that is a lot all those Egyptian statues are hammered sheet which is a different kind of thing to being cast This sculpture isn't a sculpture of Kate Moss the person it's a sculpture of Kate Moss the cultural hallucination and to me it's like a sphinx To put her in this yoga pose was a bit like a knot I don't really know what it means but it means something that collectively we've all decided it means The Greeks of course were famous for their male nudes and were only just getting to grips with the female nude in the fourth century BC when these statues from the Nereid Monument were made but there were some famous perhaps courtesans who modelled for sculptors and they were really making not portraits of these models but using them as the ideal female nude Venus, showing her nude would have been one thing showing her in a kind of contorted pose may have slightly offended her and if you offended the gods you were in big trouble What's wonderful about bringing contemporary sculptures into galleries with ancient art is that people look very closely at contemporary sculptures and they pick out different details on them and with ancient sculptures, particularly from architecture they perhaps see it as a whole Hoping now that people will look at the figure of Kate Moss and then walk around the gallery and start getting perhaps a little bit more intimate with our sculptures as intimate as they can before they get shouted at by the guards The fact that the sculptures in the British Museum shows that we have gods and goddesses just like Romans, Greeks and Syrians but perhaps sometimes we're not aware of the position that they fit in our psyche I think that you get context and context for our own belief systems you walk in here you see the Venus in front of it you see all the amazing myriad sculptures around it and you realise that in a way people change but they're always the same