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Paris ‘sex toy’ sculpture sabotaged at Place Vendome

19 Oct

Will S.' Culture War Blog

That thing I wrote about the other day?

It’s been sabotaged!

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A huge inflatable sculpture inspired by a sex toy has been sabotaged days after it was installed in Paris.

The 24m (80ft) sculpture on Place Vendome in Paris was brought down when supporting cords were cut.

Earlier, US artist Paul McCarthy told a French newspaper that he was attacked by a man who said the sculpture had no place being on the street.

The sculpture is part of the week-long International Contemporary Art Fair in the French capital.

The art fair said it would restore the deflated sculpture as soon as it could.

McCarthy told French newspaper Le Monde that his work, entitled Tree, was an “abstract work” rooted in a joke about a sex toy and was also inspired by a Christmas tree.

Police said the sculpture had been attacked overnight.

“An unidentified group of people cut the…

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14 Comments

Posted by on October 19, 2014 in Fuck Yeah!, good news, The Kulturkampf

 

14 responses to “Paris ‘sex toy’ sculpture sabotaged at Place Vendome

  1. Lena S.

    October 19, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Good for them. Maybe they, too, are artists “making a statement” and “expressing themselves”! If we’re going to have anarchy in art, let’s have anarchy in art!

     
  2. Will S.

    October 19, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Exactly!

    If ‘artists’ want respect, they have to act in a way deserving of it – by making REAL art, not ‘provocative’ annoyances that just irritate folks.

     
  3. Will S.

    October 19, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    IOW, be artists, not ‘artists’.

     
  4. Lena S.

    October 19, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    I suppose it’s meant to be “thought provoking”, but not all thoughts are worth provoking. Maybe someone will be inspired to become a proctologist!

     
  5. Will S.

    October 19, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Ha! 🙂

     
  6. Mark Citadel

    October 20, 2014 at 11:31 am

    I may have to author a post on this myself, because it is ABSOLUTELY what reactionaries should be doing. Now, I defintiely would have preferred a mob and a molotov cocktail thrown at this abomination that melds both perversion and the abominable ‘New Art’ movement (this artist’s other works include an inflatable dog turd), but I’ll settle for this. France isn’t at the Poland stage where they can routinely torch rainbow sculptures (now THAT was awesome).

    Showing there is resistance, even in small measures, is positive. When you see a poster with some modernist crap written on it, tear it down or better yet graffiti it. Small signs like this not only bolster the confidence of reactionaries, but are subliminal pickaxes to modernist assumptions, it sows the seeds of doubt.

    These have often been called the ‘culture wars’ but those on the right have been reluctant to actually ACT rather than just speak. You don’t need to bomb a train station in Bologna to send a message.

    This deserves applause.

     
  7. Will S.

    October 20, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Indeed, it does deserve applause.

    Resistance is not futile; we don’t have to be assimilated – and we won’t be!

     
    • bluebird of bitterness

      March 14, 2016 at 4:30 pm

      Resistance is not only not futile, it’s absolutely imperative.

       
      • Will S.

        March 15, 2016 at 2:48 am

        Indeed. It’s the only way we can remain ourselves.

         
  8. Will S.

    July 30, 2016 at 2:48 am

    Spanish town’s giant dog dropping goes walkies

    http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-36488432

     

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