Wendy Underwood

Abbé Faria Statue, Goa, India

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An 18th-century
Portuguese monk who pioneered hypnotic techniques, Abbé Faria was honored in
1945 in the city of his birth with this rather unwholesome tribute. The
novelist Evelyn Waugh called the thing “wildly vivacious,” saying that it
captured the illustrious abbé at the “climax of an experiment, rampant over an
entranced female.” Be that as it may, it’s easy to imagine that the abbé’s
prostrate subject wishes that she could call the whole thing off and make a run
for the beach instead.

World's Ugliest Public Art

Abbé Faria Statue, Goa, India

An 18th-century
Portuguese monk who pioneered hypnotic techniques, Abbé Faria was honored in
1945 in the city of his birth with this rather unwholesome tribute. The
novelist Evelyn Waugh called the thing “wildly vivacious,” saying that it
captured the illustrious abbé at the “climax of an experiment, rampant over an
entranced female.” Be that as it may, it’s easy to imagine that the abbé’s
prostrate subject wishes that she could call the whole thing off and make a run
for the beach instead.

Wendy Underwood

World's Ugliest Public Art

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