Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Great Wall of Vagina: Changing female body perception through art

British artist James McCartney spent five years plaster casting 400 women’s vulvas for his sculpture The Great Wall of Vagina. The project is an exploration of women’s relationships with their genitals.

James came up with the idea while he was working on a different sculpture for a sex museum. He discovered that many women have anxiety about the appearance of their genitals, incorrectly believing they are ugly or abnormal. “It appalled me that our society has created yet one more way to make women feel bad about themselves” he said. He decided to do something about it – so he created art that dispels misconceptions about what women look like “down there.”

The women who volunteered to participate ranged in age from 18 to 76. There is great variety in the vulvas, as you would expect given there are 400 of them. One has multiple piercings, two are from identical twins, there are mother and daughter castings and transgendered men and women. There are even casts from a woman pre and post natal, and another pre and post labiaplasty. 

The sculptures are fascinating to look at and people can view them without feeling shame or discomfort because the images are not pornographic. They allow women (and men) the opportunity to see the immense diversity in female genitalia. Each one is completely different and completely normal.

Check out the videos below to learn more about James and The Great Wall of Vagina (which should probably be called The Great Wall of Vulva, since the vagina is your birth canal, while the vulva is your sex organ. But I’ll forgive James that grammatical mishap, because his project is awesome!). 


  1. Haha I saw this porn vid called great wall of vagina. It was so hot, there were like ten Asian bitches in an orgy pile and this one dude was pouring honey all over their asses. So hot.

    1. I wish you would have just kept this thought in your head, you sound like an idiot. next time you find the need to say something so pointless on a blog article about something so meaningful and wonderful, get a diaper, place your face inside, Because you have diarrhea spewing from your hole that is your face canal. moron.

  2. mine is way nicer looking than any of them x

  3. One's posting this. must be a **** (four star)-gourmet. Knowing what real jewellery is. enjoy yours! lucky thing!

  4. Have you thowght to extend your creations making 3-D models for 3d printers?

  5. It feels different at first to look at this sculpture, certainly something generally people are not used to, in terms of what we generally think of as a subject for an artistic work. I guess because even in nude paintings for example, often the "private parts" are kind of hidden. Bravo - you brought something (see, even I am not saying "vagina" or "vulva" freely) out into the bright daylight for all to see, wonder at, smile a little bit behind their hands at, and marvel at your skill as an artist!

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  9. there are mother and daughter castings and transgendered men and women. There are even casts from a woman pre and post natal