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Marc Quinn's Siren at the British Museum (Kate Moss)

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it's very interesting to show the sculpture the bushes in because it's where I remember seeing the mask of tooth and Kamerion in 1970s and that is 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 since certainly since antiquity and probably ever it's 50 kilos which doesn't sound very much but in fact in a car statue that is a lot all those Egyptian statues are how much 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 is like a sphinx to put her in this yoga pose was a bit I cannot 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 Neriah monument were made but there were some famous perhaps courtesans who modeled 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 of ancient art is that people look very closely at contemporary sculptures and they pick out different details on them and with ancient sculptors particularly from architecture they're perhaps seen as a whole hoping now that people will look at the figure of Kate Moss and then walk around the Gehry and start getting perhaps a little bit more intimate with our sculptures as in terms they can before they get shouted out by the guards fact that the sculptures in the British resume shows that we have gods and goddesses just like Romans Greeks Assyrians but perhaps sometimes we're not aware of the position that they fit in in our psyche 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 amazingly riyadh sculptures around it and you realize that in a way people change but i always say you