What is it about this bronze sculpture of a female surfer in a fountain that has offended some conservative males in my little home town?
Is it her hair that appears to be blowing wildly in the wind or the heave of breast beneath the diver’s suit she is wearing or her very participation in such an adventurous public sport?
In any event, this seemingly harmless sculpture has been the cause of a big row and commotion in my little town near Tel-Aviv.
Only a few days after it was installed, rumors began to spread that some very religious elements in the town were lobbying to remove it on the grounds that the publicly exposed female body offends the sensibilities of the ultra-conservative population .
The next morning I learned that my daughter had erected a big sign protesting against the removal of the sculpture and the attempted coercion of archaic attitudes regarding the display of the female body.
Attempts to block my daughter’s protest signs provoked other citizens and soon a small demonstration gathered around the fountain against the sculptures removal.
Eventually, the outcry in favor of retaining the public sculpture won the day! and yes , I am a proud mother of a young feminist!
Dress – Bracha Bar On (Israeli fashion designer), top – Pull & Bear, bag and shoes – Nine West.
A wonderful week to you all. Sara