Sphinx (Marc Quinn sculpture)

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In 2006, Sphinx, a sculpture of the British fashion model Kate Moss in a complicated yoga position was unveiled by the controversial British sculptor Marc Quinn.[1] The life-size sculpture is made of cast bronze, with a white-painted finish, and shows Moss wearing a leotard with her feet and hands behind her head.

The pose itself was modelled by a more experienced woman yoga practitioner,[1] though the body, hands, and feet are based on Moss' exact measurements and earlier lifecastings.[citation needed] Quinn's representation of Moss is meant to show "a mirror of ourselves, a knotted Venus of our age."[2]

Related statue: Siren[edit]

The British Museum commissioned Marc Quinn in 2008 to make a life-size sculpture of the model Kate Moss, made entirely of cast gold. The resulting work, also in the yoga position of Sphinx and modeled from Sphinx, was named Siren. It was placed in a show in the museum's Nereid Gallery near the statue of the bathing Aphrodite. The statue is reported to be the largest gold sculpture created since the ancient Egyptian era.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Model Moss cast in bronze statue". BBC News. 2006-04-13. Retrieved 2015-11-17. 
  2. ^ Higgins, Charlotte (2006-04-12). "Meet Kate Moss - contorted". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-11-13. 
  3. ^ Aldersey-Williams, Hugh. Periodic Tales : a cultural history of the elements. pp. 13–15. Retrieved 13 November 2015.