Tuesday 23 July 2019

Christmas tree 'looks like sex toy'

Paul McCarthy's controversial statue in Paris
Paul McCarthy's controversial statue in Paris

A giant green art installation on the Place Vendome in Paris is attracting perhaps more attention than American artist Paul McCarthy bargained for.

It is called Tree, and vaguely resembles an inflatable Christmas tree.

McCarthy told Le Monde that it was somewhat inspired by a sex toy - but insisted it was a bit of a "joke" and meant as an "abstraction".

Conservative French critics are decrying the sculpture on social media.

Le Monde reported that McCarthy was hit in the face by a man who said the sculpture, which had just been inflated on the square, had no place there. McCarthy was not injured.

The sculpture is part of the Fiac contemporary art exhibition in Paris.

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