But...it's a tree? Large green 'plug' vibrates Paris

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  1. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Daily Mail:

    Mon Dieu! Parisians claim city has been 'humiliated' by 24ft sculpture that
    resembles a massive sex toy - but artist insists it's meant to be a TREE!


    French Uptight Over 24-Foot Parisian Butt Plug (Gawker)

    Paris Humiliated By Gigantic Inflatable Butt Plug (Jezebel)

    story & pictures at links above
     
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    zwiebel New Member

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    An artwork that Parisians say resembles a giant sex toy and is an 'humiliation', has been vandalized in the city center over night. Reports say the work, which some labeled a 'giant butt plug' now sits limp and deflated, with its mooring ropes cut. In fact, it goes by the hashtag #PlugGate on twitter.

    69-year-old US artist Paul McCarthy installed the work, and he says it's meant to represent a Christmas tree but is aware of the strong feelings - because a passer-by slapped him around the face three times when the work was unveiled in the Place Vendôme.

    http://www.france24.com/en/20141018...-plug-vandalised-paul-mccarthy-place-vendome/
     

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    The installation's original name is 'Tree', by the way.
     
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    newone 2nd mouse gets the cheese

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    it's butt ugly

    who would pay for that???

    someone has more $$ or Euros than brains to fund it......
     
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    The artist, Paul McCarthy, says, ''Originally, I thought that a butt plug had a shape similar to the sculptures of [Romanian artist] Constantin Brâncusi. Afterwards, I realized that it looked like a Christmas tree.''

    Not buying it. That isn't a Christmas tree and he knows damn well that anyone with eyes who looks at that sculpture immediately thinks ''That's a green butt plug''. To be fair, though, I can kind of see the Christmas tree in it ... I'm just shocked that the sex industry has never come up with holiday-themed plugs like this. I can't think of a better gag gift.

    What do you think the message is here? Is it a statement on how commercialized Christmas has become, and it's a way of saying that we're getting ''screwed'' by the corporations? Is it teaching us that we can find beauty and hidden meaning in even the most obscene of objects? Or is it just some guy who thought it'd be funny to set up a butt plug in the middle of one of the world's busiest cities?
     
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    badhorsie Mouth operational, brain elsewhere...

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    Every time I read about this I get the giggles. To see it deflated yesterday was just too much :floorlaugh:
     
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    badhorsie Mouth operational, brain elsewhere...

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    :floorlaugh:
     
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    There is one in Antwerp,Belgium at Christmas.It is a gnome holding the "tree". I will try to post a picture.
     
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