Nude snow sculpture in Rahway leads police to request 'snowlady' cover-up
March 03, 2010, 5:30AM
RAHWAY --She was a frosty Venus de Milo, but one Rahway family’s snow-packed tribute to the Greek goddess of love and beauty was another person’s pornography.
Maria Conneran and her family worked feverishly to fashion their armless, nude snowlady from last week’s heap of snow, grabbing attention and photographs on Rahway’s Colonia Boulevard.
Not all the attention was good, however.
"Curvaceous, bodacious and booty-licious," said Elisa Gonzalez, a court reporter who built the snow goddess with her daughter, Maria Conneran, 21 and son, Jack Shearing, 12.
"But she had a six-pack!" Conneran said.
When the officer arrived, Gonzalez said, he was apologetic and appreciative of the snowlady and her assets.
"He said, ‘It’s very good,’" Gonzalez recalled.
Despite his appreciation, the officer then asked the family to dress the snowlady. Nonplussed, they complied with a green bikini top and a blue sarong around her ample hips.
"I thought she looked more objectified and sexualized after you put the bikini on," Gonzalez said.
Conneran and Gonzalez said the visit from police reminded them of former Attorney General John Ashcroft’s move to drape a semi-nude statue of the Spirit of Justice when he arrived to lead the U.S. Justice Department.
"(Our snowlady) looks like marble. It looks like a statue," Conneran said. "Are you going to go to the Met and cover up all the statues?"
William Torres, visiting the neighborhood from North Carolina, agreed the snowlady should have remained au naturel.
"They’re censoring art," Torres said. "To me ... that’s no different from what you see in a museum ... and its lifespan was short anyway."
Indeed. On Monday, the family took down the snowlady, because with the return of warmer weather, she was starting to melt away.
The Venus di Milo may be gone, but the Connerans said they will continue their work with the next snow. This was not their first foray into famous snow sculpture.
Last January, the family created a realistic bust of newly inaugurated President Obama.