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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 July, 2004, 16:26 GMT 17:26 UK
Artist's naked ambition censored
Artist Marie White and her sculpture This is Me (Who Am I)
The gallery says the sculpture catches the eye of passing drivers
The modesty of a nude sculpture has been hidden by frosted glass in a gallery's window after complaints led to police intervention.

Police said the model at the A Gallery, in Wimbledon, south-west London, was deemed offensive under the Indecent Displays Act 1991.

Artist Marie White, 24, said she did not intend the piece, entitled This Is Me (Who Am I), to cause offence.

Scotland Yard said officers gave a man and woman "advice" at the gallery.

Ms White, a student at the Wimbledon School of Art, said: "She's not posing in a lewd, crude way so the reaction of males that they can't view a nude sculpture and not imprint the sexual aspect onto her, I find that quite surprising really.

"I'm surprised they can't just view her as a nude, as an artistic sculpture."

Gallery owner Fraser Kee Scott said they had put some eye-catching sculptures in the window, including a large screaming lady.

He said: "People drive past and it (the sculpture) gets their attention. I knew it would get attention, but I didn't know it would get this."




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