Anatomical representation makes the insides of our bodies visible and familiar, but also reveals a strangeness, an otherness. In dramatizing the dissected body, Vesalius contributed to a new visual iconography of monstrosity.
Yes, that picture is blurry in all the wrong places, and that’s the whole point: The focus is on the wrong thing here.
Apparently someone has started taking advantage of this city’s lovers by marketing padlocks imprinted with little hearts. Honestly, if you’re going to do that whole padlock thing, why have it look like everyone else’s, anyway?
What’s that picture stuck to the back of that plinth? (A galaxy?)
The same people must have put this one up, too, and the longer I look at it the more fascinatingly disturbing it gets.