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Last Updated: Thursday, 16 March 2006, 15:32 GMT
Giant statue planned for Dundee
A model of what the real statue might look like has been created
Plans for a 90ft-tall statue of a naked woman which would dominate a city skyline have been unveiled.

"Biowoman" was designed to embody the disciplines of art and science made famous by Dundee University.

The work, conceived by international artist and sculptor David Mach, would be erected at the city's Duncan of Jordanstone art school.

The university said funding and planning permission would be sought if public opinion was behind the project.

Geoff Ward, deputy principal, said: "It would be presumptuous of us to do it if it wasn't going to be popular.

"I think people will like it but it will provoke as well as please."

Traditional icon

A smaller 9ft version of the sculpture has been created as part of an exhibition being held at Dundee Contemporary Arts, featuring collaborations between artists and scientists.

Prof Ward said biowoman represented a traditional icon of western art.

He also said the statue was a perfect embodiment of the phrase coined by Nobel Prize winning poet Seamus Heaney that Dundee University "had its head in the clouds and its feet on the ground".

Prof Ward added: "She is a powerful, earthy figure and she's also an all-inclusive figure because she's made up panels which contain images of the body, images of life and images of science.

"There doesn't seem to be any vulnerability at all there."

Mr Mach came up with the idea for the biowoman while a visiting professor at the university.

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