Artist Builds The Great Wall of Vagina

It’s not as old or as long as the Great Wall of China, but artist Jamie McCartney’s “Great Wall of Vagina” is definitely more shocking.

The English sculptor has spent the last five years working on this controversial artwork, casting plaster molds of 400 vulvas of women aged 18 to 76. The models used for the McCartney’s Great Wall of Vagina include mothers and daughters, identical twins, transgendered men and women, as well as a woman pre and post natal. He wanted to include as many possibilities as he could, and during the five years of work looked for someone who had suffered from genital mutilation to model for him, without success.

So why does someone create such a bizarre, intriguing work of art? Well, according to the artist:

Vulvas and labia are as different as a faces and many people, particularly women, don’t seem to know that… showing the variety of shapes is endlessly fascinating, empowering and comforting. For many women their genitals are a source of shame rather than pride and this piece seeks to redress the balance, showing that everyone is different and everyone is normal.


In the summer of 2008, after creating the first panel of 40 casts, he stepped back and realized his work would have to be much larger to have the kind of impact he wanted. Now, the Great Wall of Vagina is finally complete, measuring nine meters long and featuring 10 panels with 40 casts each. It’s currently on display at the Brighton Festival Fringe, in England, in case you want to see it in person.

 

Photos via Juxtapoz


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Feedback (11 Comments)

  • Tennessee Budd Posted on May 13, 2011

    “Transgendered men & women?” Half of those don’t have vaginas.

  • awifeofatrans Posted on May 19, 2011

    actually, more of them do than you know- surgery is what most of them will go for… so yes, transwomen out there have vaginas!

  • winnie Posted on May 21, 2011

    women in third world countries undergo forced mutilation of the genitals every day by the thousands and he claims he cant find one in 5 years?! thats like saying it isnt happening to these women.!!!!

  • allie Posted on May 24, 2011

    winnie,
    it said:
    “…looked for someone who had suffered from genital mutilation to model for him…”
    this does not mean he did not find a woman who did not have mutilation, just that none, if found, consented.

  • Looger Posted on August 15, 2011

    When can we expect a show dedicated to great cocks in rock?

  • maddlime Posted on October 26, 2011

    when can we see your art here in MANILA,PHILIPPINES? i really love to see those. are they smelly? LOL

  • Karen Henninger Posted on December 11, 2011

    I am really glad to see something like this. Unfortunately, what’s sad and upsetting about this…is that these are not vaginas. They are part of the vulvas. Along with feeling ashamed about our body parts, we’ve also been misinformed. The vagina is the wrong word and comes inherited from a traditional male’s focus of what he deemed important to himself and lack of articulation about women’s body. See wikipedia: The vagina (from Latin vāgīna, literally “sheath” or “scabbard”) is a fibromuscular tubular tract leading from the uterus to the exterior of the body in female placental mammals and marsupials, or to the cloaca in female birds, monotremes, and some reptiles.

    The vulva (from the Latin vulva, plural vulvae, see etymology) consists of the external genital organs of the female mammal.

    In human beings, major structures of the vulva are:[3]
    the mons pubis
    the labia, consisting of the labia majora and the labia minora
    the external portion of the clitoris (Latin: Clitoral glans) and the clitoral hood
    ……

    It’s justice to women to name and understand their body parts….accurately.

  • ahope Posted on December 12, 2011

    In response to Karen Henninger who is upset that the proper anatomical term is not used to describe the female body part:

    The Great Wall of Vulva just doesn’t as interesting as The Great Wall of Vagina, LOL!

  • John Posted on February 22, 2012

    I’d like to think that he was just inspired artistically, but I can’t get past thinking that there is something pervy (as opposed to feminist) about the artist. I think the “Vulvas and labia are as different as faces” comment made me think that he had spent much of his life devoted to artistic research for this project. LOL