Naked Virgin Mary Statue Stirs Controversy in Long Island

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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.

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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?”

Rosen’s historic home, the A. Conger Goodyear House, sits on 5.5 acres of land. It was built for MOMA’s first president in 1938 and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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.”

Only neighbors and Rosen’s guests can see the statue, according to CBS. But since it sits on a conservation easement, the statue may be subject to village rules.Conservation easements protect a cherished area’s topography, so the village can prevent owners from adding plants and other structures…(read more)With News Wire Services – NY Daily News


2 Comments on “Naked Virgin Mary Statue Stirs Controversy in Long Island”

  1. Grizz Mann says:

    It looks as though they tried a Caesarian, the wrong way, and got carried away.


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