A Five-Story Blue Penis
A giant blue penis appeared on the side of a Sweden apartment building earlier this week.
Residents and neighbors of a Stockholm apartment building were shocked on Wednesday morning when artist Carolina Falkholt finished her painting of a giant penis on the side of the building.
While Falkholt’s intention was to get people talking about sexuality, body issues, and gender norms, she was met with mostly complaints from those who live around the area.
For artist Carolina Falkholt, the reaction to her five-story high erect blue penis, titled “Fuck the World,” was unfortunately very familiar. Back in December, Falkholt painted a similar penis, though that time it was pink, on the side of a New York apartment building. There, the painting was taken down just three days after it was erected due to heavy complaints from the community.
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While Falkholt can understand the negative reaction, she also hoped that Sweden would have turned out differently.
“I think perhaps it will be allowed to remain here, people will get the message and let it take its place in the debate,” she said. “I think there’s more intellectual space to discuss the subject, in a nuanced way.”
As for this new erect penis, it won’t be staying up for very long either. Atrium Ljunberg, the company that owns the block, spoke to Aftonbladet and said that the work will stay up for short while but will definitely come down sooner than the planned six months.
“Culture and art are important in developing interesting urban environments,” Camilla Klimt, the company’s marketing manager, told the paper. “Of course, we care about artistic freedom. But at the same time, we must respect neighbors’ opinions.”
Atrium Ljunberg has been letting artists paint murals on the building since 2008 with artistic freedom, and usually paintings remain for six months before they are repainting. That said, a giant painting of an erect blue penis might have been more than they bargained for.