Treachery and Corruption at The Mermaid Parade

The sirens Treachery and Corruption were designed by sculptor F.Macmonnies to be featured in his statue The Triumph of Civic Virtue, that was commissioned by New York City in 1909 and was bound with controversy throughout its lifecycle.

The Statue shows Civic Virtue – a giant muscular man holding a sword while standing victoriously on top of two women. The man represents Civic Virtue, and the two women represent the vices that Civic Virtue strives to defeat – Treachery and Corruption. Despite its rejection by the press and the public, the statue was installed in 1922 in Manhattan, only two years after U.S. women were granted the right to vote, and First Wave Feminism was formed as a political movement. Controversy followed the statue throughout the 20th century and it was relocated by Mayor La Guardia in 1941 to Queens, and in 2011 it was carved out of its fountain basin in Queens and transferred as a longterm loan to Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn.

In Vice and Corruption at The Mermaid Parade, two performers embody the statue’s sirens and engage with the public during The 2016 Coney Island Mermaid Parade, in Brooklyn.

Performers: Amy Hope and Heather Mo’Witz
DP: Tomer Halfon
PA: Ruth Patir

Music: Prelude in C by Les Bexter, Moog Rock – Greatest Classical Hits (1969)
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