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Art and Activism: The Drowning Girl Statue

In the Spanish city of Bilbao, there is an unusual statue in the River Nervión of a young girl drowning. Mexican hyperrealist artist Ruben Orozco Loza’s famous work has attracted the attention and unease of many who’ve viewed its expressionless face, and the depths of meaning behind the statue should not be ignored.

In 1918, Austrian artist Oskar Kokoschka commissioned a life-sized sex doll of his former lover, Alma Mahler (widow of composer Gustav Mahler and then-wife of architect Walter Gropius). He dressed it in custom-made clothes and took it with him on trips, to cafés, and to the theater. He destroyed it publicly several years later, claiming it had “cured him of his passions." 

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