What the People Behind NYC’s Polarizing New Medusa Statue Want You to Know About It

It turns a demonized victim into a victor, but the artist and backers know that not all applaud the metaphor

The statue inverts the Greek myth of Medusa, who here is shown holding the head of her traditional killer, Perseus. MWTH Project

While most modern audiences know Medusa as a snake-headed monster with a lethal gaze, her origin story in Greek myth has a theme that’s remained tragically timeless across thousands of years: a victim blamed for the sins of her attacker.

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