Naked, breastfeeding Angelina Jolie statue to be unveiled in Oklahoma

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Some of you may twitch at the name “Daniel Edwards”. He’s an artist/sculptor of the “celebrity shock” variety. He seems to use celebrity images exclusively to create some kind of pseudo-political-cultural message. Like his “Monument to Pro-Life” which featured a pregnant Britney Spears on her knees on a bearskin rug, giving birth. Or the “Oprah Sarcophagus”, which Edwards claimed he made to raise awareness about baby boomers’ health care needs. Daniel has done many more, which you can see here and here.

His latest work features none other than Angelina Jolie. According to the reports, the sculture was inspired by last year’s W Magazine cover, with Brad Pitt photographing Angelina Jolie breastfeeding one of their newborn twins. The sculpture features a nude Angelina, simultaneously breastfeeding two babies against each breast. The sculpture will debut in Norman, Oklahoma in the second week of September, all as part of World Breastfeeding Week (which is a real thing, I checked).

For World Breastfeeding Week, Phantom-Financial announces the unveiling of a life-size park bench sculpture of Angelina Jolie nude with her twin babies by New York artist Daniel Edwards just minutes from Brad Pitt’s own birthplace in the Oklahoma City Metro area in September before its Fall exhibition in London.

“Landmark for Breastfeeding,” inspired by last year’s cover of W magazine featuring Angelina Jolie suckling her baby, depicts a seated nude Jolie double-breastfeeding twins.

The tranquil bronze statue demonstrates the “football-hold,” an accepted technique for breastfeeding two babies simultaneously.

In recognition of the global effort to encourage breastfeeding, one twin is depicted as being of African descent. Future castings of the statue will represent other world cultures through variations of the babies’ patina coloring.

“We believe the statue sends a beautiful message by promoting the acceptance of public breastfeeding. Mothers should be encouraged to nurture their babies anywhere,” said Sandy Wilson of Phantom-Financial.

“Hopefully, my sculpture inspires an increase of wetnurses to assist women who have concerns about mastitis, or passing HIV to their infant,” said artist Daniel Edwards in his Connecticut studio where the Jolie statue currently resides.

“La Leche League International and Loretta McCallister have been very helpful,” said project coordinator Cory Allen. “We are applying for approval to put ‘Landmark for Breastfeeding’ on permanent display in a Metro area park.”

The Jolie monument will be unveiled September 11th at MAINSITE Contemporary Art in Norman.

A cast of the sculpture is expected to be auctioned by Sotheby’s October 7th for The New York Academy of Art’s annual Take Home A Nude art auction, after being displayed at Holster Projects in London’s West End.

“Landmark for Breastfeeding,” a short film documenting the project by filmmaker Dave Smith, produced by Vacant Era Films has been posted on YouTube. Edwards’s past works of celebrity motherhood include “Monument to Pro-Life,” featuring Britney Spears giving birth on a bearskin rug, and “Octomom: String of Babies.”

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The organization Phantom-Financial (which I’m not sure really exists) is taking credit for commissioning the artwork. I’m not really sure what to think of all of this. I totally support shifting societal standards to make breastfeeding anywhere, any time totally cool. I’m even okay with public art celebrating breast feeding. But to use Angelina’s image for it? Just seems weird. Then again, they are raising awareness more with this than with a sculpture of just some random woman breastfeeding. So… well done?

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  1. Sunnyjyl says:

    This looks like the wax mold before the casting process. I fully support breast feeding, and feeding on demand, anywhere. This does seem a little weird though. I’m also thinking, where’s her breast feeding pillow to support those babies?

  2. dee says:

    Oh Pleeese. She is revolting, I just threw up in my mouth and my eyes are bleeding.

  3. Still love ANGELINA says:

    How beautiful. Dee how old are you 10?

  4. Neelyo says:

    If this guy wasn’t using celebrities as inspiration I wonder if anyone would know his work. It all seems very calculated and cynical.

  5. Wench. says:

    Neelyo – perhaps that is the point. Publicity for the issue in question.

    I appreciate it, artistically speaking, and am very pro-breastfeeding; I just find it aesthetically unattractive. Just my opinion, of course.

  6. cee says:

    I hope Angie and Brad appreciate this statue for the piece of art that it is and not just another exploitation of their family. God Bless the Jolie Pitts.

  7. ash says:

    The whole thing is done well, I wish he would have focused more on her face, it doesn’t looks as smooth as the rest, makes her look much older. In it’s entirety, looks good.

  8. DD says:

    I think I’m witnessing the deitification of Angelina Jolie. Many centuries later when people uncover the artifacts of our civilization, they will find this and claim this lady was the goddess of motherhood.

  9. Firestarter says:

    His work is not art, it is satire and poorly done at that. What the hell is sticking out of her head and could he have maybe cut it off before the big unveiling?

  10. princess pee says:

    I get what he was going for, but I don’t like the look much. I mean, this is a guy who uses celebrity images for shock value, so even though it bugs me when Ange is treated like a saint (and this is strongly reminiscent of iconography, so…) on the other hand, I find his Oprah and Britney stuff kind of offensive too. It’s his schtick, I get it.

    I don’t actually think it looks much like her, but that’s irrelevant in the ‘breastfeeding awareness’ element. And I really don’t think Angie would care that it’s “her image”. If anything, she would probably support the cause.

  11. mae says:

    Nothing against A. Jolie but this is ridiculously over the top. What kind of tribute is this ?
    The statue is f*cked up and does not look like her AT ALL.

  12. lway says:

    I don’t like it. It’s not flattering at all – in fact it’s just as ugly as the statue of Britney Spears giving birth *ugh*

  13. jess says:

    @Sunnyjyl: women all over this planet breast feed just fine without pillows.

  14. Leni says:

    I think the statue is quite lovely. I do agree that Angie’s image was used in order to garner attention for the project, but she looks calm and focused. There is nothing aesthetically displeasing to me about this. Breast feeding and nudity are natural states. I am a little bothered by those grossed out by this statue.

  15. the truth says:

    why does her face look so rough? apart from that is nice.

  16. Larissa says:

    @jess

    I think what she meant is that in this position theres not enough support… maybe for 2 minutes ya can hold ´em like that…but not for a whole feeding section, unless you ARE the goddess of motherhood

  17. fizXgirl314 says:

    who breastfeeds like that? that looks absolutely ridiculous…

  18. gilly says:

    Never saw her that fat, even when she was pregnant

  19. nasty! says:

    What is the point of this?? It’s gross looking. Maybe, it’s saying we spend too much time talking about crappy celebs and should move on to better things? I don’t know?

  20. princess pee says:

    Oh gilly, honey. You have body dymorphia? That sculpture is not fat.

    Also, fizXgirl314, it’s the Football Hold. It is a very popular breastfeeding position, especially with multiples.

  21. Maritza says:

    That stature looks horrible!

  22. Kikker says:

    gross! why are people making these statues??

  23. Annie says:

    It’s kind of reminiscent of Madonna and the Child isn’t it?

    Meh.

    It’s ugly. I’m over it.

  24. Katyusha says:

    Is that a wick sticking out of her head? It looks like a gigantic candle. An Angelina Jolie candle.
    She also looks dead =/

  25. Gigohead says:

    This thing is hideous! I’m not talking about the breastfeeding. Look at the texture of her face! It’s crustier than Edwards James Olmos’ face! Blah!

    It has no emotion to it either!

  26. morgs says:

    Breast Feeding is a beautiful thing…this however is effing grotesque.

    And does anyone else remember Angie Jo saying she gave up breastfeeding the twins at 3 months because she couldn’t get down the football hold?

    This whole thing is ridiculous. This woman is not the saint of motherhood and it gets a bit tiring to have that idea constantly pushed in your face. What a joke.

  27. ILuvVictoria says:

    How GROSS! ange is such a waste of time. They should have given the statue Madonna’s arms and thrown in a porn star. Hoes in support of breastfeeding african and asian orphans!

  28. BlueSkies says:

    Wow, some guy with vagina/breast envy is idolizing Angelina Jolie. Says a lot about the family he comes from.

  29. Eden says:

    I like the concept, but not necessarily the design. It looks like she’s on the toilet while breast-feeding. He could have done much better…made her smile while looking at her children.

  30. mE says:

    I am a veteran nursing mom and lactivist. I like the idea but think it was done not quite as well as it could have been. For one thing she looks quite uncomfortable. And the roughness of her face? Strange.

  31. whocares says:

    You have to be kidding. Why do people give this skank the time of day? Much less a spot in a park. I would not screw her with another man’s dick!

  32. Beck says:

    I just don’t understand the point of picking AJ…I guess it makes almost a smuch sense as picking Brit to show labor au naturale…especially after saying she wanted a c-section the whole time to avoid the pain of childbirth. The best “icon” of breastfeeding from a celeb should be Selma Hayek if you ask me…

  33. lynn says:

    I am from Oklahoma and I think this statue is in very poor taste. I also do not think much of Ms. Jolie or Mr. Pitt’s attitude towards societal rules or religious beliefs. Yes, Jolie does advocate breastfeeding, but she is also known for adultery and disrespecting another woman’s life and marriage, having children out of wedlock, disrespect for marriage, and putting your own interest first regardless of how many people you hurt in the process.

  34. momin)okc says:

    I am also from OK and I am a Breastfeeder of FOUR children. I am an local artis/photographer I have photos of breastfeeding and bare breast and nude woman in my studio all the time. Breastfeeding and nudity is noting bad. My four children are being raised that is ok to be naked and breastfeed.

    I think the work could have been done better but am looking forward to seeing in Sept and suport it. I will be there with my children showing them that there. People need to stop being so close minded.

  35. J&Z's mummy says:

    I think it would be a lovely statue if it were of someone more realistic… like Salma Hajek. I definitly do promote b-feeding as i fed my first for 3 years and am feeding my 3 month old… good stuff ;)

  36. HashBrowns says:

    The guy who does these statues does them as SATIRE. I.e. he means for these things to be funny in some weird way.

    The point he’s actually making (that everyone has seemed to miss) is that Angelina Jolie presents herself as some kind of earthmother thus the double football hold while breastfeeding, the complete nakedness and the closed eyes in an expression of seeming holiness. It’s a joke, kids. Just like Britney’s “natural birth” statue after she said she wanted to get a C-section.

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