an alternative mount rushmore

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This curious series of pictures by the Austrian artist Raphael Kirchner (1876-1917), Women Dominating Landscapes, got me thinking what a wasted opportunity most public art can be. Think of  those massive (overwhelmingly male) figures beloved of totalitarian regimes. Wouldn’t we rather live in one of Kirchner’s little mountain towns, at the feet of a gargantuan monument to the Supremacy of Women?

i feel a petition coming on.

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on the other hand… perhaps not such a good model
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