The 50 Most Iconic Artworks of the Past Five Years

21. Siren by Marc Quinn, 2008

Marc Quinn seems to have a fascination for when beauty meets its uncomfortable opposite. Siren finds itself in similar territory; Quinn presents a sculpture like a golden icon. After overcoming the gold-induced-blindness, we can begin to recognize the face among the provocatively tangled limbs: Kate Moss. Quinn gives her the name Siren after the deadly seductresses of the ocean that so often find their place in stories of Greek mythology, reminding us of the mesmerizing power that Moss has. While many artworks attempt to unite mythology with contemporary icons and iconography, Quinn's Siren marked a new way to do this sculpturally.

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