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Monday, June 9, 2014

Spiderman Statue In Korea Removed Due To Complaints

Spiderman is definitely one of the most popular and well-loved fictional superheroes in the world. That's why it isn't surprising for any buildings, parks, etc to build statues of the superhero to please the public. But one Spiderman statue in Korea was removed due to controversy.

The Spiderman statue is placed in the Lotte Shopping Center in Busan and it depicts Spiderman having a massive erection. The sculpture went viral and overseas since it's facing the mall's playground and resting area. A lot of complaints were received from the people who have seen the statue personally. The clamor to take the statue down grew even bigger after photos of the said statue's existence spread like wildfire online.

The artist for the controversial statue. Eunsuk Yoo was asked to either renovate the statue or take it down. Eunsuk chose to remove it.

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. - Eunsuk Yoo's Facebook post

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