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photo When the J. Paul Getty Center in Los Angeles approached contemporary local artists to respond to pieces in their collection, Alison Saar decided that the shiny marble, 2nd-century AD sculpture of the Greek hero Hercules would be her inspiration. She then took to her backyard with chainsaw, chisel, and hammer in hand, and went to work on a ife-sized block of wood. She cut, she sawed, she covered the rough form with copper plates. Two months later, her sculpture "Afro-di(e)ty" stood proud and tall on her back patio, ready for exhibition. If Hercules is a celebration of the possibility and the potential of the ancient Greek male, what's "Afro-di(e)ty" about?

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