Monument to Life
The art gallery's website shows the above -- well chosen to be rather formal, rather sedate professional photographs of figure sculpture - taken from it's best views in its best light.
The above is an amateur's shot from a less flattering angle.
And this is the POV that, rather obviously, generates the most interest around the internet. (note: this was probably taken in the studio -- while the broken pieces of the cast were being assembled)
So what are we to make of this famous work ?
I think it's skillfully done -- i.e. assuming that the artist was also the sculptor (unlike Jeff Koons) -- Daniel Edwards has skills at the level of those who design the life-size figures that are found in casinos or McDonalds parking lots.
But the good views are boring - while the bad views are terrible --- i.e., when placed in a room , it makes that room ugly -- so it does not serve to honor/elevate/sanctify its subject matter -- but only to sensationalize it. (am I just stating the obvious ?)
I would like to see a real "Monument to Life" -- using a similar pose -- that would decorate/sanctify the waiting rooms of birthing centers -- but our top-trashed culture has prepared neither sculptors to make it nor buyers to recognize it.
I've seen good sculpture that depicts childbirth -- but don't have a picture to show. Here is a sculpture, however, using a similar pose:
The sculptor is Arturo Martini -- the piece is also lifesize -- and was done in 1930.