Kim Kardashian is about a month away from giving birth, but her pregnant body will be preserved forever in a nude life-size statue unveiled Wednesday in Los Angeles.
Sculpted by celebrity artist Daniel Edwards, the statue, titled “L.A. Fertility,” portrays the 32-year-old reality star without arms, her belly and breasts enormous.
Visitors are encouraged to rub the voluminous belly “for good luck and success,” publicist Cory Allen said in a statement.
Edwards explained that the sculpture was in response to all the criticism Kardashian has received since becoming pregnant.
“People tend to look at the parts, like the creases in her armpits, or how she wore a dress that makes her look like a killer whale,” Edwards further explained to Los Angeles Magazine. “I’m stripping it of the details people get stuck on, so they can see the beauty.“
Other works in Edwards’ exhibit, which opened Wednesday at the LAB ART Gallery in Los Angeles, include a bronze of Kardashian and Kanye West‘s baby in utero with a “swirl design pattern” shaved in the baby’s hair.
There’s also a bronze of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s royal baby, “slumbering peacefully in the crown Queen Elizabeth wore as a princess.”
The artist is no stranger to controversy. His celebrity-inspired artwork includes a 2006 life-sized nude of Britney Spears giving birth to son Sean Preston and a statue of Angelina Jolie breast-feeding.
“We live in a media-absorbed culture where anyone can access and share a celebrity’s most intimate moments,” Allen said in the release. “Daniel visually captures ‘that’ intimacy.”