A big blue penis has been painted – legally, on the side of a five-story building in Stockholm, Sweden.
The mural, titled Fuck The World, was originally meant to stay up for six months.
Artist Carolina Falkholt was granted permission to paint whatever she wished by the company that owns the block.
However, after the company saw the artwork, they were not exactly sure how to take it.
Atrium Ljungberg saw the blue penis for the first time on Wednesday morning, along with other residents of the Swedish capital’s central Kungsholmen island.
‘Culture and art are important in developing interesting urban environments,’ Camilla Klimt, the company’s marketing manager, told Aftonbladet.
‘Of course, we care about artistic freedom.
‘But at the same time, we must respect neighbors’ opinions’.
Klimt said while the work will stay up for a short while, its duration will be short lived.
Some art lovers said the penis welcomes an ‘important part of the debate about sexuality, body and gender’.
However, other neighbors had ‘received it less well and perceived it as offensive’.
‘[People who hate the artwork] should consider what it is they are so upset about and then talk about it,’ Falkholt said, according to The Local.
‘Sex is so important, but it’s always been too dirty to discuss.’
This isn’t the first time Falkholt has painted a massive genitalia in public.
Other giant penises
In December, she painted a similar giant erection, in pink, orange and red, on a wall in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
‘I usually paint giant vaginas, pussies and cunts,’ Falkholt told The Guardian newspaper in December.
‘And since I had just finished one on the side of a five-storey building, I felt like a dick was needed.
‘The wall space on Broome was a perfect fit for it. To paraphrase [the artist] Judith Bernstein, if a dick can go into a woman, it can go up on a wall.’