Next week, preparations will begin for a new figure to join The Great God Pan and Bellerophon Taming Pegasus as a member of Columbia’s vaguely erotic statue collection. This work of art, called Reclining Figure, was designed by Henry Moore and is being donated by two friends of the artist (and parents of CU alumni). It will be the second Moore statue at Columbia, after “The Tooth” (also known as Three-Way Piece, No. 1: Points). This sculpture is “meant to suggest the form of a woman with her legs outstretched before her, propping herself up with her forearm,” and will be erected directly outside Butler.
Bwog is as yet unaware of the mission of this statue on campus. Is it, perhaps, an installment secretly funded by the Marching Band as a prop for Orgo Nights to come (CUMB)? A bold, unforgettable reminder to students to complete their sexual respect requirements? A device to get those pesky neighborhood kids off Columbia’s lawn once and for all? A means of belated sex education for freshmen hailing from southern and midwestern states? A last hurrah of the dying sexual fervor of alumni who haven’t slept with their wives in five years? Or is it simply a generous campaign to give masturbatory material to those unfortunate souls who spend their days in Butler? Anything is possible.
The new, better, Alma Mater via CU Blog; her new home via Bwog Staff