The controversial sculpture of Anish Kapoor dubbed as the "queen's vagina." AP PHOTO
‘Queen’s vagina’ sculpture at Versailles vandalized
Agence France-Presse / 09:17 AM June 18, 2015
PARIS–Vandals have sprayed yellow paint on a controversial sculpture on display in the gardens of France’s famed Palace of Versailles that has become known as the “queen’s vagina”.
“Damage to the work ‘Dirty Corner’ was discovered Wednesday morning. It was lightly sprayed with paint. The work is being cleaned,” the estate’s management said.
The 60-meter (200-foot) long, 10-meter (33-foot) high steel-and-rock abstract sculpture by British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor, 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, symbolizing a phallus and an ejaculation of blood.
Some French media outlets have expressed unease at the level of provocation unleashed by Kapoor who has described the piece as “the vagina of a queen who is taking power”.
Kapoor, who hasn’t said which queen he had in mind when he created the piece, has admitted that the work was “ambitious” but said it was not so over-the-top as the scale of the opulent Versailles.
He later seemed to stepped away from his description of the work as “the queen’s vagina”, but said he did not see why it was problematic.
“The point is to create a dialogue between these great gardens and the sculptures,” he told reporters on June 5.
No one has claimed responsibility for vandalizing the sculpture, nor were any complaints registered.