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.
|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.
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.