Edward Stross' "Creation of Man"
Artist: Edward Stross
Date of Action: February 2005
Region: North America
Location: Roseville, MI
Medium: Painting, Public Art
Confronting Bodies: Macomb County Judge
Description of Artwork: A reworking of Michelangelo's "Creation of Man" in mural form; included in this reproduction is a depiction of a nude Eve.
The Incident: A Macomb County judge ordered the artist to cover Eve's bare chest or else his mural could be punishable. Roseville ordinances prohibit such nudity; The mural also violates zoning ordinances.
Results of Incident: Subsequently, Stross covered up the breasts with a black cloth. The ACLU filed an emergency motion to keep Stross out of jail, for time spent in jail was one of the punishable consequences of having such a mural.