A life-size sculpture of a naked Britney Spears kneeling on a bearskin rug as she gives birth will be on display next month at Brooklyn's Capla Kesting Fine Art gallery, according to AP.
The sculpture is to appear next to a display case filled with anti-abortion materials. It was created by Daniel Edwards, who said he never spoke to the 24-year-old pop star or met her, and fashioned her face and figure from photographs.
"I admire her. This is an idealized figure," Edwards said Tuesday in a phone interview from his home, which is near his studio in Moosup, Conn. "Everyone is coming at me with anger and venom, but I depicted her as she has depicted herself ? seductively. Suddenly, she's a mom."
Spears, who is married to her former backup dancer Kevin Federline, gave birth to their son, Sean Preston, last year. He is the couple's first child.
The singer's publicist, Leslie Sloane Zelnik, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.
When Edwards was asked why he creates art that generates publicity by selecting subjects hyped in the media, he said: "You're bombarded with these stories. And there's a thread that winds back to the art. That's not a bad thing. People are interested in these topics, and it works for art as well."
Asked whether he's anti-abortion, Edwards said, "You nailed me. I'm not saying that I am. I wouldn't march with either pro-life or pro-choice advocates. This is not meant to be political." Read more.
In other intriguing news, three of Britney Spears' former security guards have sued the singer, alleging that she did not pay them overtime and caused them to miss out on meals.
Lonnie D. Jones, Randy Jones and Silas Dukes are asking for compensation for unpaid overtime and penalties for alleged labor-law violations from Spears, according to a Los Angeles Times report. All three were let go on November 30, according to the suit. The filing also alleges that the guards did not receive their final paychecks as required by state labor laws. The paper could not reach Spears' attorney for comment, reports MTV.com.