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Art or Porn? Atlantans Face Bare Facts

Thursday, September 13, 2012

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After weeks of controversy, residents of an Atlanta neighborhood have had it with a woman who is disrobing in public.

The woman, and her 34 stages of undress, are captured in a large mural painted by the Spanish artist Hyuro and commissioned by the art group Living Walls.

 This public art installation shows a nude woman and has sparked debate in an Atlanta neighborhood.


The mural, showing a woman undressing in 34 stages, has sparked a furor in an Atlanta neighborhood.

The painting is on walls surrounding an old General Motors building.

Beginning and ending with a naked woman, the mural represents a woman evolving, transforming and “shutting off darker parts of herself,” according to Living Walls.

Neighborhood Watch

While some locals appreciate the piece as art, others in the Chosewood Park neighborhood see something else--something a bit more graphic and pornographic—that they want to cover up.

And on Monday (Sept. 10), in a 13-9 vote, community members in the neighborhood association decided to recommend removal of the art installation, reports say.

That's not the end of the story, however. The mural adorns private property; thus, its fate ultimately lies in the property owner’s hands. A letter will likely be sent to the owner to request removal or modification.

Project: ‘Not Approved’

The nude series was one of 18 murals that Living Walls commissioned to be painted in blighted areas across the city in August.

Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs approved the project proposals from the artists; however, at least one local media outlet reported that Hyuro did not paint what had been originally proposed.

Still, regardless of whether the mural is removed or modified, the objective of the non-profit’s mission may be complete.

“Our goal is to activate neighbors in their discussion about art; it's not to infuriate them,” Nathan Bolster, Living Walls executive director, told a local NBC outlet.


Tagged categories: Government; Murals

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (9/14/2012, 8:40 AM)

Just as an FYI, I suspect this title is what caught D&D's email in the "offensive messages" filter. I had wondered where my usual morning update had gone and went searching.

Comment from William Rosbottom, (9/14/2012, 9:07 AM)

We pass Hyuro's piece every day and LOVE it! It's unfortunate that it's been described as [porno] graphic, though the human form has been the subject of artists for millennia. I imagine specific groups having issues with Rubens, Picasso, Kahlo or a host of other artist who've managed to bring nudes to the masses. Are we Americans so troubled with being naked, or seeing others naked? This installation, and all of the new Living Walls pieces in Atlanta have provided a relief from the otherwise monotonous and often mundane urban-scape. Originally posted in The Boston Globe in 2006: "Take off you clothes and walk down an American street with a machete in one hand and an Uzi in the other, firing away randomly and someone will call the police to complain that there is a naked person outside."

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