Story By: Joseph Golder, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
A giant clitoris sculpture by a British artist has been recreated bigger and better than before at the University of Poitiers in France after the original was stolen twice.
The new clitoris statue by artist Matthew Ellis, has been erected on the campus of the university in Poitiers, the capital of France’s west-central Vienne department.
The erection takes place one year since the original sculpture was stolen for the second time, and never retrieved, despite making international headlines.
To mark the occasion a huge field of 1,000 clitorises has been created in all shapes, sizes and colours as part of a project – dubbed Operation Clitoris – that has been spearheaded by activist Emma Crews.
It has been unveiled in front of the student accommodation on campus.
Crews told local media her project, which brought together 400 young people, was to draw attention to the only organ solely made for pleasure, to break down taboos, and to raise awareness about issues such as female genital mutilation and rape.
The first clitoris sculpture had been unveiled in 2017 inspired by another statue on campus called “bitard” that shows a penis that had been on campus for some 40 years. It has been vandalised numerous times.
She said: “It is such a pleasure to see all this! To arrive here after 30 workshops and to see that we have managed to make 1,000 clitorises, it really is an achievement.”
Crews added: “The goal is to raise awareness about the clitoris, about female pleasure, about excision and rape… We even had doctors who came to the clitoris workshops and who explained to us that they had not been taught anything about this organ during their studies.”
The big unveiling of the new sculpture by British artist Matthew Ellis took place on Monday (9th March).
Speaking about the new sculpture, Crews said: “We really wanted to give a positive answer to the thief who stole Matthew Ellis’ clitoris. These people showed us that they really needed a clitoris, that they were ready to steal it. So we have decided to give 1,000 of them!”
The original clitoris sculpture has been stolen twice. It was found a first time but since the second theft, it is still missing.
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