The visible artist behind the controversial “UPLift” sculpture on the University of the Philippines Diliman has denied that he copied it from a Dutch artist, whose work bears a putting resemblance along with his.
In a Facebook post, Ferdinand Cacnio mentioned he has by no means heard of Elisabet Stienstra or her sculpture, the “Virgins of Apeldoorn”.
“Before today, I had never seen nor heard of Ms. Stienstra or her work. Hindi ko siya kilala. We’ve never been to the Netherlands. I was not inspired by her, I did not model my work after hers. I am not guilty of plagiarizing or copying her work, ‘Virgins of Apeldoorn,’” he mentioned.
Cacnio’s work incorporates a feminine in a horizontal levitation pose, along with her arms stretched large open and looking out in direction of the sky. Her lengthy hair served as her root to the bottom.
Stienstra’s sculpture has the feminine in a pose much like Cacnio’s though extra straight, and with the midriff lined by a material.
Despite Cacnio’s assertion, discuss his work has didn’t die down as Stienstra’s husband, Thom Puckey, has weighed in on the matter.
“Hello. I am Elisabet Stienstra’s husband. Elisabet doesn’t do Facebook herself. She would like it to be known however that she sees Mr. Cacnio’s sculpture as plagiarism,” Puckey mentioned in a separate Facebook post.
The “UPLift” sculpture, put in in entrance of Villamor Hall, has been dubbed as the feminine counterpart of UP’s iconic Oblation statue.