A 33-foot bronze sculpture of a nude pregnant woman has upset a Long Island, New York, village.
The statue, “The Virgin Mother,” by British artist Damien Hirst has an exposed fetus, skull and tissue.
It sits on a conservation easement of the historic Old Westbury estate of real estate mogul Aby Rosen.
Newsday says the village has strict rules regulating easements.
A hearing on the issue is set for May 19, but for now the sculpture has been covered up.
The sculpture previously sat in the courtyard at Lever House in mid-Manhattan.
Rosen is being sued by the New York Landmarks Conservancy over his plan to move a Picasso painting it owns from The Four Seasons Restaurant in Manhattan. The restaurant is in the Seagram Building owned by Rosen’s company, RFR Holding Corp.
For copyright reasons, here is a link to an image of the sculpture: http://www.damienhirst.com/the-virgin-mother.