The Great Wall of Vagina

Wow, I stumbled upon the work of UK artist Jamie McCartney, and was pretty much blown away.  You have to visit his site ASAP: The Great Wall of Vagina. 

The 9 metre long polyptych consists of four hundred plaster casts of vulvas, all of them unique, arranged into ten large panels. McCartney set out to make this project as broad and inclusive as possible. The age range of the women is from 18 to 76. Included are mothers and daughters, identical twins, transgendered men and women as well as a woman pre and post natal and another one pre and post labiaplasty.

It’s not vulgar, it’s vulva! This isn’t just sensation, it is art with a social conscience and McCartney wants people to stop, look and listen. This is about grabbing the attention, using humour and spectacle, and then educating people about what normal women really look like. Described as “the Vagina Monologues of sculpture” this piece is intended to change the lives of women, forever.

“For many women their genital appearance is a source of anxiety and I was in a unique position to do something about that.”

Vulvas and labia are as different as faces and many people, particularly women, don’t seem to know that. McCartney hopes this sculpture will help to combat the exponential rise, seen in recent years, of cosmetic labial surgeries. This new fashion for creating ‘perfect’ vaginas sets a worrying trend for future generations of women.

Wow.  Um, yeah, I agree.  Wow.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted July 11, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    That is some pretty strange art, well I’m not sure it’s pretty but erm definitely strange! Wow indeed, although it may make some women appreciate that not all of us look the same down there! As a piece of social art I can see the merits but I won’t be purchasing something similar for my walls at home!

  2. Zaria
    Posted December 19, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    I love it! It is something that in this day and age is needed. Only issue is maturity seems to be lacking…most will miss the message and go right to making fun just because of their own insecurities.

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