A large installation in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles near Paris, France, has caused controversy after the artist, Anish Kapoor, told a French newspaper that his artwork, titled “Dirty Corner,” represented “the vagina of a queen who is taking power.” The 200-foot long and 33-foot high steel-and-rock abstract sculpture, resembling a “funnel in the form of an orifice,” aims directly at the Royal Palace and is intended to be “blatantly sexual and regal,” according to the artist. Kapoor, not a stranger to controversy, has a second installation inside of the castle, which is described as “a cannon that fired red wax at white walls in a symbol of phallus and ejaculation of blood.” While some more traditional media outlets criticized Kapoor for provoking a scandal, others have come to his defense. At a press conference on Friday, the artist said he didn’t remember calling it the “queen’s vagina” but didn’t see why that would be problematic since sexual organs are universal. “The point is to create a dialogue between these great gardens and the sculptures,” he said.
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