Oh hey, it’s your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Your very, very friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
Note: This article contains content that some readers might find objectionable.
Since last year, Lotte Shopping Center in Busan, South Korea has been home to a Spider-Man sculpture by an artist Eunsuk Yoo. It’s a rather unusual, somewhat amusing sculpture as Spider-Man has a boner.
Art that pisses people off is best art.
Less amusing is the fact that the Spider-Man sculpture was erected over the shopping mall’s playground and rest area. Oh dear.
Executive: “Modify it. Lose the woody.”
On his Facebook page, the artist provided his reasons why (translation via Sang):
I am the artist who made this piece. My reason for it was that I wanted apply the natural physical phenomenon to a superhero depict whats’s natural in the morning without lies and superficial-ness in a comical way.
There have been some comments on various community sites and Facebook pages that this is lewd and a disgrace to the source material. Lotte Shopping Center has received many complaint calls this morning from a certain organization, and after their meeting, it was decided that I have to either modify or take the statue down. Instead of modifying my work, I’ve decided to take it down.
It was ok for about a year and now it has to be taken down due a sudden interest in the piece, which is sad. But I understand that a piece that could be potentially interpreted as lewd can be offensive at a place like shopping mall. It’s disappointing, but I’ll reach out to the public with a better work next time.1112
I just hope the public isn’t too hard-on him for his decision not to compromise his vision and instead stand proudly in defense of his work. I wood love to shake hands with such a firm believer in artistic integrity. He should be proud of himself for not going flaccid in the face of such stiff opposition.