MANHATTAN, New York — New Yorkers shared their reactions to the placement of a statue of Medusa with a MeToo movement message in New York City’s Collect Pond Park on Wednesday. The ‘Medusa with the Head of Perseus statue,’ inverts the composition of its inspiration, Benvenuto Cellini’s legendary masterpiece dating from the 16th century, and depicts Medusa holding the severed head of Perseus.
The statue’s placement across from the entrance to the New York County Criminal Court, where former Hollywood producer, and prominent target of the MeToo movement, Harvey Weinstein, was convicted of rape and other crimes. “I think it’s a very powerful statement, bold and courageous,” said Garret, a local, after looking at the new statue. Another New Yorker, Natalia, commented that the piece was a “good representation of the times with a woman standing up for,” added that placing it opposite the court where Weinstein was convicted was “pretty badass.” In Greek mythology, Medusa was raped by Poseidon in a temple dedicated to Athena, who subsequently punished her by turning her into a snaked-headed gorgon capable that turns to stone everyone she looks at. The demigod Perseus later beheaded her on a quest, as depicted in Cellini’s original work.