Sunday, November 3, 2013

Alison Lapper in Venice

Inflatable version of Alison Lapper Pregnant by Marc Quinn, island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice
Inflatable version of “Alison Lapper Pregnant” by Marc Quinn
Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, San Marco
Venice, September 2013

External links: Alison Lapper (Wikipedia)

“That vulnerability is an inescapable fact of human life, and is what unites each of us to the other. ‘Alison Lapper Pregnant’ strikes me as a heroic image of both truly human vulnerability and strength. Of course, everything I've written above has more to do with the original sculpture of ‘Alison Lapper Pregnant’ than with the inflatable version (12 meters high/39 feet) that now sits beside the church of San Giorgio Maggiore. Does the piece still work as well if the material from which it is made suggests not Michelangelo and Trajan but some huge blow-up Paul Bunyan advertising a lumber yard?”