Paul McCarthy Installs Controversial Sculpture in Paris, Attacked by Onlooker, Sculpture Ultimately removed

October 21st, 2014

Paul McCarthy's Tree at Place Vendome, via BBCContinuing what could arguably be the most controversial series of Christmas-themed public artworks, Paul McCarthy this past week installed Tree, an enormous inflatable sculpture on Place Vendome in Paris that bears a striking resemblance to both a Christmas tree or a sex toy.  The work has already garnered considerable controversy, with one man slapping McCarthy as he viewed the work.  “Does this kind of thing happen often in France?” McCarthy reportedly asked shortly after being attacked.

Since being installed, the sculpture has been repeatedly attacked by vandals, and has ultimately been removed from Place Vendome.

Read more at BBC and New York Times