UPLift, the golden statue of a nak$d woman, hailed by News5 as the masterpiece of visual artist Ferdinand Cacnio is making some noise online.
According to News5, the eye-catching work of arts by Cacnio was started in 2007, that means if my math is right, took him ten years to finish his masterpiece.
Rappler called it the “female version of the iconic Oblation statue.”
Art loving netizens lauded Cacnio for his gorgeous work of art.
Luisa Santiago Okrafo Smart wrote: “You are a brilliant artist. Congratulations. It’s a gorgeous work of art.”
Marian Tadefa-Kubabom commented: “About time. Kudos Mr. Ferdinand Cacnio!”
Ezekiel Mostiero described it one word: “Beautiful!”
Luisa Santiago Okrafo Smart You are a brilliant artist. Congratulations. It’s a gorgeous work of art.
Before the end of the day, netizens who have seen it somewhere quickly tempered down the jubilation of the artist by accusing him of plagiarism.
To support their allegation, netizens posted the screen capture of the original art.
The Facebook page Showbiz Government wrote a sarcastic remark: “Nakakabilib talaga kayong mga taga UP!”
Netizen Alvin E. Mancilla called the attention of the public regarding the original work. “Very much like “The Virgins of Apeldoorn” by Dutch sculptor Elisabet Stienstra, erected 2001 :D”
He dropped the link to back up his claim! https://www.facebook.com/pg/onthegreensquare/photos/?tab=album&album_id=464907970239522
Meanwhile, the controversy surrounding the UPLift has already reached the Netherlands and the artist via her husband has a few words for Mr Cacnio.
“She would like it to be known that she sees Mr Cacnio’s sculpture as plagiarism. The principle of her work made in 2001 is to use sculptural conventions to suggest weightlessness. Mr. Casinos sculpture does not only imitate her in general terms, but also in specific terms: the long hanging hair, the falling-back head, the outstretched arms and outstretched body. The similarities are too evident to be coincidental. Plagiarism is still plagiarism, even if a few details have been altered.”
Your reaction, please!
Update: Cacnio denied copying the original artist in a Facebook post.