Giant, Blue Five-Storey Penis Offends Residents In Stockholm
A giant, five-storey-high blue penis has popped up on a Stockholm apartment block - but local residents have become so offended by the artwork that it's soon going to get painted over. We know, no fun.
Atrium Ljungberg, the company that owns the apartment block in the Swedish capital's central Kungsholmen island, told Aftonbladet that the artwork was spotted for the first time on Wednesday morning.
"Culture and art are important in developing interesting urban environments," Camilla Klimt, the company's marketing manager, said.
"Of course, we care about artistic freedom. But at the same time, we must respect neighbours' opinions."
The work is by Swedish artist Carolina Falkholt, who is known for her unique wall paintings. But it seems this particular one, entitled 'Fuck the World', proved a little too extreme for some people.
Atrium Ljungberg has apparently allowed a local artists' collective known as Kollektivet Livet to decorate the apartment block since 2008, having not only given them free rein to do so, but also allowed the work to remain for around six months before the next one is installed.
Klimt added that the work would be staying up for a short time so that people could experience the art - claiming that some welcomed it as an 'important part of the debate about sexuality, body and gender'.
However, others - including some peeved neighbours - weren't so keen on the erection, having 'received it less well and perceived it as offensive'.
Speaking to Aftonbladet, Falkholt said: "I think perhaps it will be allowed to remain here, people will get the message and let it take its place in the debate.
I think there's more intellectual space to discuss the subject, in a nuanced way."
It's not the first giant penis that Falkholt has worked on. Just a few months back, she painted a similar one on the side of a Manhattan building.
That penis was similar, but was just four storeys tall and was pink. It only lasted three days.
At the time, Falkholt told the Guardian that her work was often about 'not feeling ashamed of your body and who you are as a sexual being'.
"I usually paint giant vaginas, pussies and c***s, and since I had just finished one on the side of a five-storey building, I felt like a dick was needed.
"The wall space on Broome was a perfect fit for it. To paraphrase [the artist] Judith Bernstein, if a dick can go into a woman, it can go up on a wall."
Falkolt told Aftonbladet that she liked to think of 'Fuck the World' as a reincarnation - though sadly it sounds as though this one could be equally as short-lived.
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