Newly unveiled Medusa statue is criticised by feminists 

A statue of Medusa recently unveiled in a Manhattan park and intended as a homage to the #MeToo movement has drawn criticism from feminist groups. 

The statue of the Greek mythological figure clutching a severed head was unveiled Tuesday in Collect Pond Park which is purposefully located across the street from the courthouse where Harvey Weinstein was convicted. 

While some have praised the work as a powerful image for the #MeToo movement, it has drawn criticism from others who questioned why the work was done by a male sculptor.     

The public unveiling of the newest work by artist Luciano Garbati 'Medusa With The Head of Perseus', is seen at Collect Pond Park in the Manhattan borough of New York City

The public unveiling of the newest work by artist Luciano Garbati 'Medusa With The Head of Perseus', is seen at Collect Pond Park in the Manhattan borough of New York City

The newest work by artist Luciano Garbati has drawn criticism as feminists questioned why the work was done by a male sculptor

The newest work by artist Luciano Garbati has drawn criticism as feminists questioned why the work was done by a male sculptor

People take a selfie during the public unveil of the newest work by artist Luciano Garbati, 'Medusa With The Head of Perseus'

People take a selfie during the public unveil of the newest work by artist Luciano Garbati, 'Medusa With The Head of Perseus'

The statue was the work of Argentine-Italian artist Luciano Garbati and was intended as a feminist response to Benvenuto Cellini's original work from the 16th century, Perseus With the Head of Medusa.

In Greek mythology, Medusa was raped by the powerful God Poseidon but instead of Poseidon being punished, Medusa was blamed for defiling Goddess Athena's sanctuary and turned into a monstrous beast with snakes for hair, as well as a gaze that could turn men into stone. 

The Greek hero and slayer of monsters Perseus was then sent to behead Medusa. 

Sculptor Luciano Garbati poses for photos next to his seven-foot statue of Medusa holding the head of Greek hero Perseus, in Collect Pond Park which is located across the street from Manhattan Supreme Court where Harvey Weinstein was convicted

Sculptor Luciano Garbati poses for photos next to his seven-foot statue of Medusa holding the head of Greek hero Perseus, in Collect Pond Park which is located across the street from Manhattan Supreme Court where Harvey Weinstein was convicted

The original statue, in Florence, , shows Perseus holding up the severed head of the gorgon Medusa.

Mr Garbati decided to reverse the narrative, instead showing an indomitable Medusa clutching a severed head of Perseus. 

In his application for the statue, Mr Garbati said the original work by Cellini had 'communicated to women for millennia that if they are raped, it is their fault'. 

'She is alive after the battle with Perseus and that is significant,' Garbati said of his 100 pound statue.  

Garbati's Medusa statue

Garbati's Medusa statue

In his application for the statue, Mr Garbati said the original work by Cellini had 'communicated to women for millennia that if they are raped, it is their fault'

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