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This New York storefront is causing a stir with nude male statues

Rebecca Fontana

No clothes, no problem. For some reason, nine anatomically correct male statues have appeared in a Gramercy Park storefront at 281 Park Avenue South. It’s unclear whether it’s supposed to be an actual art exhibition or just a place to store the bodies (note the “Rent Here Now” signs), though they do come from NYC artist Richard DuPont.

The figures were originally on display at Lever House in NYC back in 2008. DuPont, clearly not self-conscious, created the self-portrait sculptures by laser scanning himself. He then altered them electronically and molded them out of polyurethane as a statement on reducing body image to computerized ideals.

The team of mannequins will remain at their current location until Labor Day, so go pay them a visit if you want something even creepier than the Sleepwalker sculpture to Instagram. 


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