Nudity in the Public Eye
Sculptural ornament is the traditional remedy to the emptiness of plazas and park lands…Among the most common of motifs has been the nude figure.
Seattle, Washington’s first and only sculptures of nude males on public display made their debut in January 2007. Created by renowned nonagenarian Louise Bourgeois, the life-size, stainless steel and aluminum figures represent a father and his six-year-old son.
Whereas the depiction of the naked human body has inspired some of the finest sculptures since the Paleolithic period (Venus of Willendorf) and naked statues are widely accepted in most societies, they have also provoked some controversial reactions across the centuries.
Possibly there has been no field of art more bedeviled with public incomprehension than that of the modern sculptural nude, especially in America.