LONDON///MARC QUINN UNVEILS SOLID GOLD KATE MOSS SCULPTURE: MEN EVERYWHERE SUDDENLY APPRECIATE “MODERN ART”
In what is surely the single event that turned even the most aesthetically impaired men of the world into modern art lovers, renowned British sculptor MARC QUINN unveiled his solid gold KATE MOSS sculpture at the BRITISH MUSEUM this weekend as part of the "Statuephilia" show that also included works by DAMIEN HIRST, RON MUECK, NOBLE & WEBSTER, and ANTONY GORMLEY. Titled "Siren," the piece is made of solid 18K gold and cost nearly $3 million USD to fabricate, with nearly all the cost going to the price of gold. It is the largest solid gold sculpture made since ancient Egypt. At 11o pounds, the piece weighs about the same as its waifish subject and is currently on display in the museum's Nereid Gallery among statues of Greek goddesses including—fittingly—Aphrodite. Said Quinn at the Statue's unveiling this weekend, "The sculpture is really about whether we make images or they make us. It's about trying to live up to impossible dreams and immortality ... For Kate, she thinks it lifts into her into a mythical level. I think she very much loved it because she understands the difference between her image and her self." The piece remains on display at the museum through the end of the year and Quinn expects the sculpture to fetch in the neighborhood of $20 million USD when it's finally sold following the exhibition. Reports of Pete Doherty camping out in front of the sculpture and staring longingly from morning till nite since the opening have been confirmed. HAVE A LOOK:
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