The creator of the controversial inflatable Christmas tree in a Paris square has decided to remove it, after drawing outrage from the citizens who even attempted to deflate the installation.
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“Instead of a profound reflection about objects as a mode of expression with multiple meanings, we have witnessed violent reactions,” American artist Paul McCarthy told journalists.
The organizers of the upcoming International Contemporary Art Fair Paris, where “The Tree” installation was due to appear, said “the artist was worried about potential trouble if the work was re-erected.”
The scandalous 24-meter high “tree” went up this week in the Place Vendôme in the center of Paris.
“It all started with a joke. Originally, I thought that a butt plug had a shape similar to the sculptures of [Romanian artist] Constantin Brâncusi. Afterwards, I realized that it looked like a Christmas tree,” McCarthy told French Le Monde. “People can be offended if they want to think of it as a plug, but for me it is more of an abstraction.”