Naked Virgin Mary Statue Stirs Controversy in Long IslandPosted: May 8, 2014
There’s no room in Long Island for this pregnant Virgin Mary
A 33-foot-tall bronze statue of a naked, pregnant woman that stands on real estate mogul Aby Rosen’s luxurious Old Westbury property has been covered in black after neighbors complained that the artwork was disrupting their “bucolic views.”
“It’s out of character with the neighborhood.”
— Mayor Fred Carillo
The immaculate piece was conceived by British artist Damien Hirst and features a walking woman whose skin has been ripped away from the right side of her body, exposing skull, muscles and her fetus.
Old Westbury Mayor Fred Carillo said residents were “up in arms” about the statue.
He’s received half a dozen letters of complaint about the statue, and the village is considering a new height restriction for statues that would boot Mary out of sight.
“It’s out of character with the neighborhood,” Carillo told Newsday. “We have to appease the residents, they have to preserve their bucolic views. The question is, does it belong in Old Westbury? Does it belong on a residential property?”
The avid art collector bought “The Virgin Mother” statue in 2005. His Manhattan-based real estate investment company, RFR Holding LLC, bought the estate for a whopping $3.4 million in 2011.
“At a medical building I think it would be a magnificent piece, especially OBGYN.”
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