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  • Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez conjoined in nude bronze sculpture

    Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have joined the rarified company of Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and Oprah Winfrey by having their life-sized nude form cast in bronze by Connecticut-based artist Daniel Edwards.

    “They’re pretty inspiring,” Edwards, 46, tells of his teen subjects. “They’re a beautiful young couple, and (Bieber) seems to have a lot to say politically. Being my age, he’s not exactly on my radar, but when he starts talking politically, I feel good about his future.”

    Bieber previously called the American health care system “evil,” telling Rolling Stone, “Canada’s the best country in the world. We go to the doctor and we don’t need to worry about paying him, but here, your whole life, you’re broke because of medical bills.”


    The sculpture, entitled “Justin and Selena as One” features the couple conjoined at the torso, with a Canadian maple leaf and the Texas Lone Star covering their naughty bits.

    In front of the couple, a Canada goose, wings in full display, mounts a Texas armadillo.

    “The most important aspect of (the sculpture) isn’t the nudity, as much as it representing the idea of a young couple,” Edwards explains. “There is that exploitation factor that kind of does gall me, when they push a little bit too soon, show them on the beach half-naked.”

    So Edwards is galled by seeing them in bathing suits, yet sculpts them in their birthday suits?

    “It’s hard for me to sculpt something from the point of view that I’m making a comment on something negative–I mean, that’s in there,” he continues. “But they’re inspiring enough to hold my interest to get through the sculpture. I think everyone sees them as pretty squared away kids. Time will tell, but I think they’re a very inspiring young couple.”

    The sculpture will be unveiled at Dallas’s New Fine Arts by Cory Allen Contemporary Art.

    The unveiling date has yet to be announced.

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