'Queen's vagina' sculpture vandalised in France

17th June 2015, Comments 0 comments

Vandals have sprayed paint on a controversial sculpture in the grounds of the Palace of Versailles that has become known as the "queen's vagina," the estate's management said Wednesday.

"Damage to the work 'Dirty Corner' was discovered Wednesday morning. It was lightly sprayed with paint. The work is being cleaned," management said.

The 60-metre (200-foot) long, 10-metre (33-foot) high steel-and-rock abstract sculpture, resembling a funnel in the form of an orifice, is set up in the garden aimed directly at the royal chateau, which attracts five million tourists a year.

Inside the palace itself is a smaller work -- a cannon that fired red wax at white walls, symbolising a phallus and an ejaculation of blood.

Some French media outlets have expressed unease at the level of provocation unleashed by British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor who has described the piece as "the vagina of a queen who is taking power".


© 2015 AFP

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