Local artist Daniel Edwards has for some time now been celebrating the “beauty of celebrity pregnancy.” In 2006, he kicked off his Celebrity Baby Boomer series with “Monument to Pro-Life,” which featured a likeness of Britney Spears, nude, giving birth on a bearskin rug.
Next month, Edwards will be adding to the series with a work that is sure to draw lots of vehicles to the parking meters on South La Brea Ave. It’s called “L.A. Fertility”, and will be available starting Wednesday June 5 for touching-viewing at LAB ART Gallery. From today’s announcement:
The life-size full-figured nude Kim Kardashian stands curvaceous and proud, with lactiferous breasts, protruding navel and legs akimbo, and features a voluminous belly designed to entice visitors to give a respectful rub for good luck and success.
Other works in the exhibit will include bronzes of Baby Kimye, depicted as a chubby-cheek-cherub with a swirl design pattern shaved in the hair and the Royal Baby, slumbering peacefully in the crown Queen Elizabeth wore as a princess, cast at the Cal State foundry currently managed by Edwards.
Edwards says he has been, like so many others, put off by the deragotary tabloid and glossy magazine coverage of Kardashian’s pregnancy. Ahead of next month’s launch, there is already a very good hashtag: #LAFertilityStatue.
Update – 06/05/13: Here’s what the statue looks like.