An outdoor exhibition by Spanish artist Antoni Miró is causing a stir in the city of Valencia, with some parents saying the erotic artworks should not be visible to children or anywhere in public.
But Miró is unfazed by the controversy and insists that contemporary society needs to chill out.
“The sculptures are inspired by drawings of popular Greek ceramics. These were not hidden but rather used in people’s everyday lives 2,600 years ago. In some ways, they were more advanced than we are now,” Miró told the Spanish newspaper El Pais.
The sculptures, which are made from Corten steel, are part of an exhibition set to open on September 25 that line the waterfront of a massive building that will house various art exhibitions, cultural programs and other art projects.
Miró’s erotic work is causing a stir amongst parents that live in the area.
In an article published in the local daily Las Provincias, a group of parents protested against the sculptures’ installation in a public space where they could be seen by children.
The artist, however, argues that “children too young to understand them are not interested. And those who are old enough are going to see it here or somewhere else because they are interested, no matter how hard anyone tries to stop them.”
See some of Miró’s sculptures:
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