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Complaints over Britney sculpture
Britney Spears sculpture
The sculpture of Britney Spears is cast in resin
A nude sculpture depicting singer Britney Spears giving birth to her son has prompted a flood of emails from both pro-choice and anti-abortionists.

Monument to Pro-Life: The Birth of Sean Preston will be unveiled at New York's Capla Kesting Art gallery in April.

Gallery co-owner David Kesting said they had received 3,000 emails, some from "pro-life" supporters who thought it was degrading to their movement.

He added that other people were "upset" the sculpture was a pro-life monument.

Security guards

The life-size work, by artist Daniel Edwards, features Spears crouched on all fours on a bear-skin rug as she gives birth.

It will be displayed at the gallery alongside a display case filled with anti-abortion materials.

Edwards said: "This is a new take on pro-life. Pro-lifers normally promote bloody images of abortion. This is the image of birth."

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The gallery is hiring extra security guards for the free exhibit, which opens on 7 April and runs for two weeks.

The sculpture comes six months after 24-year-old Spears gave birth to her first child, Sean Preston, with husband Kevin Federline.

Edwards said he has never spoken to or met the star, and that he fashioned her face and figure from photographs.

"I admire her. This is an idealized figure," he said.

"Everyone is coming at me with anger and venom, but I depicted her as she has depicted herself - seductively. Suddenly, she's a mom."

A publicist for the singer was not available for comment.

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