A bizarre, aesthetically occult-like statue of a horned woman has been placed on top of a New York courthouse symbolizing “resistance” against the overturning of Roe v Wade.
The 8-foot golden statue depicts a woman with hair twisted into demonic horns wearing liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s lace collar.
A new statue atop a New York City courthouse. The artist says it’s part of an “urgent and necessary cultural reckoning underway as New York reconsiders traditional representations of power in public spaces and recasts civic structures to better reflect 21st-century social mores.” pic.twitter.com/4IFRj7hCsf
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From The New York Times:
Frenzied commuters in New York’s Flatiron district have been stopped in their tracks in recent days by an unlikely apparition near Moses, Confucius and Zoroaster. Standing atop the grandiose state courthouse is a shimmering, golden eight-foot female sculpture, emerging from a pink lotus flower and wearing Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s signature lace collar.
Staring regally ahead with hair braided like spiraling horns, the sculpture, installed as part of an exhibition that opened last week, is the first female to adorn one of the courthouse’s 10 plinths, dominated for more than a century by now weathered statues representing great lawgivers throughout the ages — all of them men.
Shahzia Sikander, the 53-year-old “paradigm-busting Pakistani American” artist behind the creepy statue called “NOW,” said she created the monument to fight the patriarchy, specifically related to the abortion debate.
“She is a fierce woman and a form of resistance in a space that has historically been dominated by patriarchal representation,” said Sikander, who previously served on the New York Mayoral Advisory Commission of City Art, Monuments and Markers.
“With Ginsburg’s death and the reversal of Roe, there was a setback to women’s constitutional progress,” she wrote in her artist’s statement.
The New York Times added that the work was called “NOW” because “it was needed ‘now,’ at a time when women’s reproductive rights were under siege after the U.S. Supreme Court in June overturned the constitutional right to abortion.”
The abortion monument joins 9 other plinths on top of the New York State Supreme Court Building with statues of various lawgivers throughout history, including Confucius, Justinian, Lycurgus, Moses and Zoroaster.
Justice Dianne T. Renwick, chair of the court’s committee leading the effort, claimed the statue was necessary because “women are foundations of our society.“
“As we seek to broaden the visibility of less-often-recognized contributors to law and justice in our society, what better way to start than with the figure of a woman? Women are foundations of our society. Throughout history we have been champions for freedom, equal rights and justice,” Renwick said.
“For the first time since the Court’s historic opening well over 100 years ago, the figure of a woman finally and rightfully will stand on equal footing with the male philosophers and lawgivers who line the other pedestals. This type of collaboration is unprecedented in New York State and we are very excited about this endeavor and the possibilities for other courts.”