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Friday, June 24, 2016
Bizarre NAKED Margaret Thatcher statue - complete with pig's head - unveiled at new gallery exhibition
A gallery has unveiled a cheeky naked statue of controversial former prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
Art-lovers will be able to gaze on a bronze Iron Lady sculpted by British artist Marcus Harvey.
The nude likeness depicts the former Prime Minister lying on her side with a pig's head on her hip.
Art-lovers will be given the chance to see the unusual spectacle at the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings, East Sussex, as part of Marcus' Inselaffe exhibition.
The exhibition is described as: "A series of tough, but humorous, ceramic sculptures and paintings that forge motifs and emblems relating to notions of Britishness and embroiled history."
Marcus said: "It is partly to wrest something from the all-pervading guilt over colonial misdemeanours and in part to ironize an overly romantic valuation of the past.
"The sentiment seems to be in equal measure irony and affection."
Speaking of the Margaret Thatcher statue, which is made from pig's heads and plates, he described it as "luxuriating in its admission of jingoism and greed".
He said: "While musing on the personification of a nation, through the image of a female reclining nude - Margaret Thatcher/Britannia - nothing living could be summoned unless it was the sum of its anxieties, again both political and cultural."