Saturday, July 27, 2013

Giant Peeing Statue Amuses And Enrages

I understand how it can be amusing and enraging. :)

"Bad Bad Boy" by Finnish artist Tommi Toija stands towering over the river bank with his disproportionate body: lanky and topped with an over-sized, round, bald head. His skin, made from clay, is a blistering sunburnt-pink, and his wide-eyed facial expression is as hard to decipher as the art itself.

The installation has prompted discussion between locals and opinion is certainly divided. One Örebro resident, 62-year-old Ebba, was mildly amused. "I think it's interesting," she told The Local. "But I am happy it is not here forever."

Another local, 34-year-old Anna, said she "really hates" the artwork and found the act of urination "provocative."

 Artist Tommi Toijas views his work in a somewhat pragmatic light: "For me, it's just a guy peeing in the river, no more, no less. Some might see it as a funny thing, others might be provoked," he said in a statement.

Some have certainly been provoked as the sculpture remains as central to conversation as the weather in Örebro. While locals seem more baffled than upset, there does seem to be a sense of uncomfortableness amongst many."


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