Controversial celebrity sculptor Daniel Edwards has unveiled his latest work: a park-bench-sized statue of Angelina Jolie in the nude, double breastfeeding her twins. This artistic work of public indecency (she’s not wearing pants!) is called “Landmark for Breastfeeding” and was inspired by Jolie’s cover photograph on W magazine last year. Edwards decided that, in order to encourage more women to breastfeed and to raise global awareness of public nursing, he would depict one twin as African-American and the other as not, since that could totally happen in the real world. Beginning September 11, at Mainsite Contemporary Art Museum in Norman, Oklahoma, the piece will be on display, before it’s whisked off to an exhibition in London. [Capla Kesting Fine Art]
Though extremely odd, this is far from the strangest piece of art Daniel Edwards has sculpted. After the jump, how Edwards’ other celebrity pieces stack up to this latest magnum opus.
This one is more graphic and vom-inducing than the Angelina sculpture. It’s Britney Spears, depicted giving birth to Sean Preston. Titled “Monument to Pro-Life: The Birth of Sean Preston,” this artwork displays Britney sprawled out on a rug, grasping a lion’s head while giving birth. It’s meant to celebrate Spears’ choice to put family before career, but I think it does a much better job celebrating my belief that the child birthing process is gross.
Despite his celeb fascination, Daniel Edwards also apparently really cares about old people who might die before Obama’s health-care package gets put into place. To ensure that the retired baby boomers are laid to rest in style, Edwards made “The Oprah Sarcophagus” in hopes that the host would discuss preparing for life’s ultimate finale on her show. I’ve gotta say though, the resemblance to Oprah is kind of loose. Jolie’s machine-gun jubblies beat out the gold-encrusted Oprah for more realistic sculpting.
Edward’s 2006 piece “Suri Cruise’s Baby Poop Bronzed” is ten times more uncomfortable than “Landmark for Breastfeeding.” This piece is Edward’s commentary on Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes‘ decision to hold back on releasing photos of their daughter to the public. Edwards created this bronzed poop to prove her existence.
“The Paris Hilton Autopsy” is an interactive sculpture directed at prom queens. In response to her DUI, Edwards recreated Paris and her chihuahua, Tinkerbell, in matching tiaras with the hopes of inspiring young women not to drink. Viewers are able to take apart Hilton’s innards and learn that not only did Paris pass away, but so did her twin unborn fetuses. Why the obsession with twins? And birth? Anyway, Paris’s statue totally tops Jolie’s for the most ridiculous way to involve twins in social activism.