The University of Houston will display a golden statue with satanic imagery to honor abortion and memorialize the late Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The idol, named, “Witness,” is an 18-foot tall naked female figure with braids shaped like goat horns and arms like tentacles. Its judicial lace collar mirrors Ginsburg’s recognizable style.
It debuted in New York last year and was co-commissioned by Madison Square Park Conservancy and Public Art of the University of Houston System (Public Art UHS). The statue will be on display at the Cullen Family Plaza at UH from February 28 through October 31.
Artist Shahzia Sikander told the New York Times that she titled part of her exhibit “NOW” because women’s ability to have abortions is at risk right “now.” She added she created the statue to pay homage to Ginsburg because “she is a fierce woman and a form of resistance in a space that has historically been dominated by patriarchal representation… With Ginsburg’s death and the reversal of Roe, there was a setback to women’s constitutional progress.”
Executive Director and Chief Curator of Public Art at the University of Houston Dr. Maria C. Gaztambide said she is “proud” to bring the statue to fruition:
“With Havah…to breathe, air, life, Shahzia demonstrates how justice is conceptually and actively vibrant across cultures and genders. And yet, while the necessity of justice is universal, it is often blindly applied. Shahzia brings to the fore the imbalances of gender and race through this exceptional work. We are proud to join forces with Madison Square Park in bringing it to fruition, while amplifying its reach beyond New York City.”
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Written on the sculpture is the word “havah,” meaning “Eve” in Arabic and Hebrew, which Sikander celebrated, “Eve is also the first law-breaker, right?”
Disobedience to God certainly should not be esteemed by society, much less lauded with a statue. On the contrary, art should reflect truth, goodness, and beauty: three timeless values that reveal the nature of God. Art cannot have beauty without truth. Art cannot have truth without goodness.
A statue honoring child sacrifice has no place in Texas.
If you’re in the Houston area, mark your calendar to come to UH on February 28 to protest with us, peacefully and prayerfully, when the exhibit is scheduled to open.