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Saints Alive by Michael Landy Re-Imagines Iconic Statues and Figures

By: Meghan Young - Published: May 24, 2013 • References: nationalgallery.org.uk and itsnicethat
The Saints Alive exhibit reinterprets iconic religious statues and figures in rather gruesome ways. They have been creepily deconstructed and reattached with mechanical parts to give them a Frankenstein makeover. In this way, the title of Saints Alive exhibit takes on a whole new meaning. Through these mechanical makeovers, the sculptures are essentially constructed robotic saints that move. Visitors themselves move them by cranking a foot pedal mechanism.

Created by British artist Michael Landy, the Saints Alive exhibit is being hosted by The National Gallery in London, England. According to It's Nice That, "[H]is imagination was captured by the images of saints dotted around the museum and how their single-mindedness lead to horrific deaths and self-harm. He wanted to bring back these “bad saints” whose stories had fallen into obscurity."