This Madonna made of Holy Water smells like a vagina when it melts
Oh, Madonna! Olfactory artist Peter De Cupere's latest sculpture is sure to turn up more than a few noses. His newest piece, entitled "The Deflowering," is an unusual rendering of the Madonna, which is said to have been sculpted out of a mixture of Holy water and eau de vagina. Holy moly, that's weird. But that's only the tip of the vagina-scented iceberg. Unlike most artists who want viewers to keep their grubby hands off of their artwork, De Cupere created the sculpture with the intention of having people interact with the statue, and perhaps walk away with it still lingering on their minds…and fingers.
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The sculpture debuted last week in Antwerp, where it was displayed for only two hours before it melted. But don't feel bad. The sculpture was placed atop a platform, where it would be allowed to melt, subsequently releasing the scent of "passion" into the air for everyone to smell. I know what you must be thinking: Why in the heck would someone do such a thing? I thought that too. But it turns out the man has a rather admirable explanation.
De Cupere told the Huffington Post his intention was twofold. First of all, he says religion has made us all a bit conservative, and he believes his art can help us get over our prudishness. "The reason is simple, because [religion is] conservative; an old and closed idea and art is the opposite," he explains. "It's progressive and open--like a vagina." As for reason numero dos, De Cupere's says, "a woman's vagina smells, in general, great and more men should respect that." Ah, pues. In that case, I'm totally on board with this art sexperiment.
At its core, De Cupere says "The Deflowering" is about celebrating women's natural, feminine scent. "Passion is smelling and enjoying the scent of your love," he explains. "It's too taboo. And what is taboo should be set free." I second that. Hey, the smells that come from down under are natural and, for the most part, healthy. There really isn't anything to be ashamed of, especially if your personal scent has been stirred because you're aroused. Good for you, chica. Get yours.
However, I don't know if smelling other, random people's scent is the way to go. Besides, how did he even get the unique scent? Well, that's actually an interesting story. According to De Cupere, the vaginal scent used for his piece is the real deal Holyfield. "I ordered the fragrance from a lab and they've made it," explains De Cupere. "I wanted to make sure it's a mix of different women and that they were from different origins. The scent is not synthetic. It's the real vaginal scent distilled in special ways. How they do it is the secret of the labs." Er…kay. I have so many questions. First of all, how does one collect vaginal scents from different women? Also, how are they distilled? Who works in these labs? Are they all men? Is the lab's named Victoria's Secrete?
All jokes aside, I appreciate the sentiment behind De Cupere's unorthodox sculpture. I don't believe women should be ashamed of their natural scent. Girl, that's your body's way of saying "I'm here and I'm ready." Besides, you don't see guys worrying about what their privates smells like. Heck, they call their stuff "junk," for Pete's sake. It's about time we embraced our bods, smells and all.
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