Well, what headline would you write?
Eduard Korniyenko reports for Reuters:
A health spa in Russia has unveiled a bronze monument of three cherubs carrying an enema, a design inspired by the 15th century Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli.
“We administer enemas nearly every day,” said Alexander Kharchenko, the head of the sanatorium which specializes in treating illnesses of the digestion tract.
“So, I thought, why not use our sense of humor and give it a monument,” he said of the bronze statue that stands about 1.5 meters high.
The monument, designed by Svetlana Avakova, cost around $42,000; the artist says she looked to Botticelli’s “Venus and Mars” for inspiration:
“The irony is that the little infants steal the weapons of Mars. They joke with him, with the god of war, and war is a tragedy.”
“Likewise, an enema is an unpleasant procedure as many of us may know. But when cherubs do it, it’s all right.“
Further irony is that, in the fifteenth-century masterpiece, Mars is actually asleep; the cherubs are joking with or talking to Venus. But, hey, the end result is a line for the ages.
When cherubs do it, indeed. Strange as the work may seem, I admit I like it.