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|Curtains Drawn on Sex Show
- Law stops artist from showing couple making love
PUBLIC decency laws have all but thwarted artist Liam Yeates' plan to trumpet the safe-sex message via his latest installation.
"HIV and Aids are an increasing threat, but we live in a society that is more open and sexualised than ever," said Yeates, by way of explanation of his project which has a young couple in bed for a week in the shopfront of a Soho art gallery, in full view of passers-by.
Max Whatley, 24, and Meg Zakreta, 22 will have only a condom machine for company as part of the safe-sex message, but when the London lovers decide to do what comes naturally, they will have to draw a curtain on their activities so as not to fall foul of the law.
That appears to defeat the purpose of the whole event, though Yeates hopes otherwise. "The work is meant to make people sit up and take notice of this new sexual revolution. It's a love-in for the new millennium" he said.