Wednesday, June 22, 2005

"Alison Lapper Pregnant" to appear in Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth will be the home of sculptor Marc Quinn's "Alison Lapper Pregnant"

The Greater London Authority will install the eleven-foot-tall marble
sculpture this year.

I regard it as a modern tribute to femininity, disability and
motherhood. It is so rare to see disability in everyday life – let alone
naked, pregnant and proud,' said artist Alison
, with whom Quinn
collaborated on the piece.

I find it encouraging that this piece was chosen-- as a rule, our
society doesn't seem to expect people with disabilities to be
comfortable with their bodies, to have sex, or to have children. This
sculpture flies in the face of those stereotypes-- in part by making
people more aware of a real-live woman with disabilities who does all of
those things, and works as an artist, besides.

Also, Alison is beautiful, and the sculpture will be, too.

Do visit the link to Mr. Quinn's gallery exibit above. He has made some
interesting statements about disability and the nature of life.

Hat Tip: Ouch!


Bookworm said...

Hi Cynthia,

Thanks ever so for stopping by my blog. Yours is amazing! I read a little about your story, and was amazed at how similar it was to my own. I was a 26 week baby, I believe. Weighted in at 2 lb. 15 oz in 1981, fortunate enough to have made my appearance at the only hospital with a NICU in the county at the time. Whew, lucky me!

It's so awesome to me that you are a mom. I know as disabled people it seems we are all supposed to be immune to the stereotypes others have, but I admit this was something I'd never given much thought to the possibility of until recently.

I think my husband and I may adopt one day. Assuming that everyone we contact doesn't laugh in our faces that is! I'm guessing they will, but hell if that'll stop me anyway.

Go Alison, and go you!

Bookworm aka "Liana"

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