Daniel Edwards’ headline-making nude statue of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez has found a new home. The life-size statue of the two teen stars will make its way to a Dallas-area porn shop in the very near future, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The shop, New Fine Arts, confirmed to the site that the statue will be on display there. Cory Allen, a rep for Edwards, also told The Reporter that the artist is planning a companion piece inspired by a 1968 cast made of Jimi Hendrix’s private parts. The second statue will display Bieber’s in the same way, using what he described as a “Warner Bros. cartoon” vibe.
So, why has Edwards decided to focus his attention on the sexualization of Bieber, 17, and Gomez, 19? The artist explained why to MTV News this week.
“I tried to find my entry into making a comment on that very thing that happens time and again to teenage celebrities, where they’re kind of exploited early, earlier than what is legal, and the media fuels that as best they can,” he said. “I guess I’m making my commentary about that particular thing that happens.”
The statue also comments on the “double standard” for males and females in the industry. “It only seems to hit the young ladies a lot worse than the men. It’s still there. You see all those beach photos of the two of them. My children are young, but I think I would be freaked out if I saw images of them like that on the Internet.”
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