Christmas tree or sex toy?
Another egregious work of Contemporary Art arrived in Paris and was set up in the prestigious place Vendôme only to be torn down by opponents of such eyesores that not only mutilate the landscape, but serve to remind the population that French culture is ancient history, and that globalist czars of perverse sexuality now reign supreme as the artists of our time.
The con artist in question was another American lunatic named Paul McCarthy, whom we can add to the list (including Jeff Koons) of self-infatuated destroyers of standards catered to by Western-hating, sex-obsessed, ugliness-possessed politicians, city officials and art critics. A green structure, proclaiming itself to be a "tree", it was soon recognized as an anal plug, a sex toy used by male homosexuals.
From France Info:
The work of the American artist Paul McCarthy did not remain for long on the place Vendôme. After unknown persons cut off the cables that supported it on Friday night, and after those opposed to it shouted their indignation on the social networks, and after having been himself the target of a physical attack on Thursday, the artist finally gave up.
(…) "Confronted with the violence of some reactions, the artist is concerned about potential trouble should the work be set up again." Paul McCarthy indicated that he did not want to be "mixed up in this sort of confrontation or physical violence, or even to continue to place the work itself at risk."
(…) Baptized "Tree" by its creator, the 24-meter cone could be regarded, as the artist himself has admitted, as both an immense Christmas Tree or as an "anal plug". This triggered a lively controversy that led to its being dismantled. "Instead of generating a profound reflection about the existence of objects as a means of expression unto themselves, especially in the variety of their meanings, we witnessed violent reactions," said Paul McCarthy regretfully.
Also from France Info:
The Socialist mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, had expressed her indignation at the damage done to the work. "Art has its full place in the streets of Paris and nobody will succeed in removing it."
She also stated on Twitter: "Paris will not yield to the threats of those who, by attacking an artist or a work, attack artistic freedom."
Earlier, Bruno Julliard, first adjunct to the mayor of Paris, in charge of Culture, condemned strongly "the inadmissible attack on Paul McCarthy and the damage to his work on place Vendôme. Long live the freedom of artists. This act shows that the artist is right and that his work questions society on the intolerance that still exists today."
Here's a perceptive reaction from a reader:
- What hypocrisy!!! Of course the artist put his anal plug on the buttocks of the capital. The elected officials said yes to create a buzz and get talked about. They are even more hypocritical than the artist!!! That said, if I had proposed this gross piece of crap, the elected officials would have kicked me out. Artists are always provocateurs. The question one must ask is: Is exposing an anal plug in the middle of Paris and calling it a tree correct in the civilization and the culture that we support. The elected officials have said yes… You had only not to elect them… See you at the polls in a few years.
Note: Another reference to future elections that will presumably solve all problems. The people live in the constant hope that the next election will bring the dreamt-of turnaround. That was the case in 2002, 2007 and 2012.
Above, the inflated "tree".
There's a slideshow on McCarthy at the New York Times. You may have to register.