a statue considered a phallic revolt by British students

a statue considered a phallic revolt by British students

Antony Gormley’s sculpture, offered at Imperial College London, created a conflict with the establishment.

Students at Imperial College protested the installation of a statue by sculptor Anthony Gromley on campus, blaming the six-metre-tall work for its character phallic». Consisting of an assembly of steel rectangles, the work, entitled alert, represents a crouching human form and arouses the scientific community. It should be installed this summer, according to the Imperial College website.

But instead of bending the legs, “there are many of them” who saw instead a “phallus” three meters tall, estimates a motion from the student union of the prestigious scientific establishment. They believe that the students should be consulted, and taught that the name Alert potential “also understood to refer to the phallus of the standing statue”.

“There is nothing wrong with phallic imagery in art”allowed the motion, which was considered anyway “phallic translation” can be considered that “Not suitable for public display”. The text emphasizes the risk of inherent exclusion linked to the phallic interpretation of work, when only 41.8% of full-time students in the establishment are women during the 2020-2021 year.

Consisting of an assembly of steel rectangles, the work, entitled alert, depicting a crouching human form. Imperial College London/Antony Gormley

According to Guardian, a spokesman for Imperial College argued that“Antony Gromley is one of the world’s greatest living artists and we are grateful to be given one of his iconic sculptures”. The work was donated to the institution by one of Imperial College’s former students.


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