Kate Moss Becomes Gild Member: Gold Mega-Statue Museum-Bound


Despite all press reports and comments about her relevancy as a model, Kate Moss still appears in major advertising campaigns; most recently she appears in the Fall 2008 advertising campaigns for Donna Karan Collection, Stella McCartney and Roberto Cavalli. And now, someone has taken Kate Moss’ role as fashion’s golden girl rather literally. British sculptor Marc Quinn is ready to unveil his latest creation to the world, a nearly $2.8 million, 110-pound solid gold statue of the waifish supermodel, hyped as the largest such creation built since ancient Egypt. Quinn, the artist behind 2006’s Sphinx, a painted bronze statue of Moss in a somewhat provocative yoga pose, has dubbed his new golden girl Siren. And the British Museum has already heeded its call. While the venerable London museum has so far only released a close-up photo of the statue’s face, the work purportedly shows Moss, once again, in the same contorted yoga pose as before. “I thought the next thing to do would be to make a sculpture of the person who’s the ideal beauty of the moment,” Quinn said of his fabulously excessive creation. “But even Kate Moss doesn’t live up to the image.” The British public will be able to determine for itself whether the statue succeeds where Moss apparently failed, with the objet d’art going on display in the same British Museum gallery that houses the institution’s ancient Greek sculpture collection. Other artists exhibiting include Damien Hirst, the $100 million diamond-covered skull creator, and Angel of the North artist Anthony Gormley. The statue will be on display from Oct. 4 through Jan. 25.

Via CNN International