New art sculpture in Batumi receives criticism
Author: By Lika Moshiashvili
Locals in Georgia’s Black sea resort town of Batumi have recently disapproved of a new art installation placed in front of the Radisson Blu Hotel.
The target of this criticism is Sea Slippers on Eggs, the work of French sculptor Lili Fantozzi, a self-educated 39 year-old sculptor and actress, whose works have been exhibited in contemporary art galleries in Paris, Vienna, New York and Brussels.
“I presented a miniature version of the sculpture (a pair of Keds on eggs), which is symbolic of the dangerous road for which this country has traveled in terms of reconstruction,” Fantozzi explained in one of her interviews.
Though the Georgian government decided to install the sculpture in Batumi, the idea of Keds shoes was changed into sea slippers, typical for a seaside city. According to Fantozzi, the model of the previous sculpture Keds on Eggs now adorns the cabinet of Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava.
The composition is 5.5 meters high with each egg being 1.6 meters high. The art has drawn interest from professionals as well. Teo Khatiashvili, a Georgian art critic, has associated this “eclectic” piece with tanks, as well as with Freud and other sexual content.