Saturday 17 March 2018

Nom, nom... Mural of 'naked burger' deemed too risqué for display

The mural in all its glory
The mural in all its glory

Sarah-Jane Murphy

This is a one-of-a-kind burger.

A street art mural in Melbourne featuring a 'naked burger' has sparked controversy as it contains some unusual sexual references.

The name 'Kama Sutra Burger' was possibly chosen to signal to people that it wasn't a regular fast food product.

Australian Street artist Mike Makatron is renowned for his customised burgers.

As dawn broke on Wednesday morning several members of the public registered complaints with the city council.

The majority argued that the naked bodies were not an issue but the sexual poses inherent in the picture were not acceptable.

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A spokesperson said it was decided the mural is not going to be removed but will instead be modified.

The building owner, artist and the council's arts and culture team will discuss how to rework the part of the mural that involves the controversial sexual acts.

"It wasn't approved, it was a private arrangement between the building and the artist.

"The council was made aware when a member of the public complained," he said.

For the time being, it remains on the wall.

"The work is meant to be a social commentary on how sex sells everything," Makatron said.

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