US police order nude snow sculpture covered

US police order nude snow sculpture covered

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NEW YORK (AFP) - Police in New Jersey ordered a snow sculpture modeled on the famous nude Venus de Milo to be covered up after a neighbor complained, the artist said Thursday.

Elisa Gonzalez, 44, carved the ancient Greek-style torso from snow on her front lawn in Rahway and says her work was initially a hit.

“It looked very beautiful,” she said. “We got a lot of attention from people in the neighborhood. Some of them got out and took pictures and spoke to us.”

One neighbor clearly felt the snow nude – headless, armless, and cut off above the knees – was too hot.

“We had a visit from the local police who told us that a neighbor had complained about the statue and we needed to cover it up or knock it down,” Gonzalez said. “We didn’t want to have any problem with the police so we covered it up.”

The original Venus de Milo, which is housed in Paris’ Louvre museum, depicts a nude woman. She also is without arms, although her head is intact.

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Complained about the Venus de Milo? What a philistine!!

"We didn't want to have any problem with the police so we covered it up."

Maybe they should have replaced it with a snow copy of a White House Christmas tree ornament sporting a likeness of Mao Tse-Tung.

[quote="Wolseley, post:3, topic:189455"]
Maybe they should have replaced it with a snow copy of a White House Christmas tree ornament sporting a likeness of Mao Tse-Tung.

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Are you sure? I thought the White House tree ornament for 2009 had a likeness of Saul Alinsky.

Sure, I’m sure: foxnews.com/politics/2009/12/23/white-house-christmas-decor-featuring-mao-zedong-comes/

[quote="anglicanmale, post:1, topic:189455"]
One neighbor clearly felt the snow nude -- headless, armless, and cut off above the knees -- was too hot.

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I'm sorry but I personally find that anybody who thinks such an image is sexually stimulating to be utterly demented.

Here’s an article with photos.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8551528.stm

[quote="Lost_Wanderer, post:6, topic:189455"]
I'm sorry but I personally find that anybody who thinks such an image is sexually stimulating to be utterly demented.

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Eight years ago, the US Attorney General's office had a statue of Justice covered up, because it had bare breasts. The statue had been in place for 70 years.

Yeah but isn’t statue like that usually whole?
Seeing just breasts with the arms and legs lopped off (and in this case, the head too) is not a sexy sight.

Amazing how the courts get all prudish about a statue of Justice with bare breasts, and yet they persistently rule that hard-core pornography must not be blocked from public library computers, where small children can be exposed to it, isn’t it?

Sort of like if a woman wants an abortion, then she can legally have the baby butchered, because it isn’t a baby, it’s a (pick one) fetus; blob of cells; mass of tissue; but if the woman wants the baby and someone causes her to miscarry, hey presto-chango, abracadabra, hocus-pocus, now it’s a baby, and the perpetrator can be sued or even jailed for murder.

Truly, the state of American jurisprudence is brilliantly lit by the highest developments of human intellect. :rolleyes:

Amazing how the courts get all prudish about a statue of Justice with bare breasts, and yet they persistently rule that hard-core pornography must not be blocked from public library computers, where small children can be exposed to it, isn’t it?

Sort of like if a woman wants an abortion, then she can legally have the baby butchered, because it isn’t a baby, it’s a (pick one) fetus; blob of cells; mass of tissue; but if the woman wants the baby and someone causes her to miscarry, hey presto-chango, abracadabra, hocus-pocus, now it’s a baby, and the perpetrator can be sued or even jailed for murder.

Truly, the state of American jurisprudence is brilliantly lit by the highest developments of human intellect. :rolleyes:

[quote="Wolseley, post:10, topic:189455"]
Amazing how the courts get all prudish about a statue of Justice with bare breasts

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I'm not aware of any court weighing in on this. If I recall, it was an executive branch department head (John Ashcroft) who chose to change the statue's presentation. Years earlier, the statue was famously in the backdrop of a photo with Attorney General Edwin Meese issuing a study on pornography.

Courts, Attorney General, DoJ----all the same thing.

Lawyers, lawyers, lawyers.

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