Last week Paul Mcarthy installed a large, inflated sculpture in Paris. Mcarthy claimed that it was a tree but others felt that it resembled something completely different, namely a sex toy.

The sculpture before it was sabotaged. Photo via LA Times/ Bertrand Guay / AFP/Getty Images The sculpture before it was sabotaged. Photo via LA Times/ Bertrand Guay / AFP/Getty Images

Whatever the sculpture was meant to resemble, it was not well received. It is even said that McCarthy was slapped in the face by a woman who was passing by when it was erected. The Tree was a large, green, inflated structure that was raised during the FIAC contemporary art fair near the place Vendome in Paris. Although McCarthy has stated that it is in fact a tree, he is known for his controversial work which often contains sexual themes.

McCarthy's vandalised sculpture. Picture via Artdaily.com/AFP PHOTO MARTIN BUREAU McCarthy's vandalised sculpture. Picture via Artdaily.com/AFP PHOTO MARTIN BUREAU

On Saturday the sculpture was brought down by vandals who cut the support cables, causing the tree to deflate and fall. McCarthy has chosen not to mend it or resurrect it again in order to prevent further violence.

 

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