A state court facility in New York City reportedly presented a new art exhibit that has received negative feedback online.
The “NOW” sculpture was built last week on the roof of the Appellate Division Courthouse of New York State, First Department on Madison Avenue as part of an art display by artist Shahzia Sikander.
The statue is designed to reflect the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s ultra liberal legacy, but many Twitter users remarked that it is both unattractive and unnerving.
The new eight-foot-tall golden monument by Pakistani American artist Shahzia Sikander now sits beside earlier sculptures of revered politicians Moses, Confucius, and Zoroaster on the top of the state courtroom in the Flatiron neighborhood of New York City.
The statue, which emerges from a lotus with curling braids and tentacle like limbs, was constructed to honor Ruth Bader Ginsberg and her quest to enshrine abortion as the law of the land.
The late Supreme Court Justice’s trademark lace collar adorns the monument.
It is the first female statue to sit atop the plinths of the courthouse.
The reveal of the statue did not go over well with social media users, with several notable Twitter accounts criticizing its style and meaning.
According to the artist, the statue was named “NOW” because it was made at a time when women’s ‘reproductive rights’ were allegedly under attack.