Park Chairs Rejected As "Pornographic"
Date: 29 May 2008 | | Views: 4310
Source: The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk), by Francesca Martin
The controversial portrait painter Jonathan Yeo's design for a deck chair for London's parks has been rejected on the grounds that it is too pornographic. Yeo, who has made portraits of such luminaries as George Bush and Paris Hilton using clippings from top-shelf magazines, had submitted his design - along with artists Tracey Emin and Marc Quinn, illustrator Raymond Briggs, designer Matthew Williamson and actor Joanna Lumley - to the Royal Parks Foundation as part of their annual deck chair promotion. But the foundation has decided not to use his design, a leaf motif made up of his usual magazine clippings (although it will be available to buy from their website from next month).
According to a Royal Parks Foundation spokeswoman: "Jonathan's design didn't lend itself to being made into a deck chair for members of the public. For children or elderly people especially, it would not have been possible." Yeo counters: "The images are quite graphic, but unless you look very closely, you wouldn't notice that I've used details of the genitalia to look like the veins of the leaves."