Last year the Lotte Shopping Center in Busan, South Korea commissioned a sculptor to make a Spider-Man statue to be placed on the outside of the mall. And make a sculpture he did with one odd physical characteristic…namely he gave his Spider-man statue an erection!
After a year of having Spider-Man’s boner hanging over their patron’s heads like a phallic sword of Damocles, the folks at the Lotte Shopping Center decided to take old Webhead down much to the chagrin of his creator who took to his Facebook page to explain why he gave his work such an odd protuberance:
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.
Really, dude? You wanted to show “what’s natural”? I think it is more that the guy just wanted to sculpt a hard penis on Spider-Man.
And since I know you are just itching to see this statue in all it’s erect glory so here ya go: