“Sex toy” art vandalised in Paris
PARIS (AP) – A controversial green art installation on Paris’ tony Place Vendome has been taken down after being vandalised overnight.
The inflatable sculpture called “Tree” vaguely resembled a Christmas tree but evoked for others, including its creator, the artist Paul McCarthy, a giant anal sex toy.
Guide wires holding the sculpture in place were severed by vandals sometime overnight, according to French media reports. The sculpture was deflated and folded up today.
Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin blasted the vandalism, calling it “a serious attack on the principle of artistic freedom”.
The temporary exhibit is part of the FIAC contemporary art exhibition in Paris.