According to Global News, the city removed the statue but not before giving locals a good trolling. The statue wasn’t commissioned by the city and calls went flooding in once passersby got a good eye full of all its phallic glory. The vacant pedestal was ripe for the picking after the Columbus Statue was moved to Hastings Park a decade ago, satellite photos show the pedestal was empty as recently as 2012.
You would think the city would take better care, the Graffiti present and the fact that the statue went up undetected is a good indication of negligence. Tax Dollars at work!
Whomever is responsible (artist or activist alike) it’s giggle worthy but seems like a waste of artistic talent. If no one claims the thing, it will be destroyed or sold at auction (without artist credits). It may very well be a silent nod to The Satanic Temple‘s efforts in challenging the 10 Commandments Monument in Oklahoma City.
Vancouver parents say, “It sends a bad message. He’s not wearing a condom...”
Sin Jones, reporting
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The petition, started by Darryl Greer of Vancouver, says the city has a long history of investing in public art. For example, a porcelain dog cost the city $100,000. “Just as some were offended by the price tag and substance of the porcelain dog, others may have been offended at the sight of Lucifer’s Plastic Love Pump, but none would be offended at its price tag,” reads the petition, which points out the Satan statue cost the city nothing. “Art is in the eye of the beholder and nothing more.”