Skip to comments.Man ordered to cover gargoyle statue's genitals
Posted on 06/06/2013 12:57:55 PM PDT by JoeProBono
PAULDEN, Ariz.,- An Arizona artist said county officials have ordered him to cover up or remove a metal statue of a gargoyle he created that features male genitalia.
David Smith said he spent years creating the 9-foot-tall metal statue he is displaying in his Paulden yard and he disagrees with Yavapai County Development Services Director Steve Mauk's statements that the artwork isn't compatible with the neighborhood, KTVK-TV, Phoenix, reported Thursday.
"What in this neighborhood fits in anywhere? You look around and everybody's individual and you can't swing a dead cat without hitting art work," Smith said.
He said the gargoyle's genitals were a necessary part of its creation.
"I built it a certain way and I like it like that," Smith said. "Everything has a sex so why would I do it any other way? I don't like Ken dolls or GI Joes. I think they're kind of silly."
Smith said officials have ordered him to remove the gargoyle or cover up the offending parts of its anatomy.
Smith said he will argue his case before the County Board of Supervisors in July.
Nuh-uh; not gonna do it. Nope.
If that was in my neighbourhood, I’d just chuckle at it. It wouldn’t offend me. I think it’s more puerile than obscene.
He should cover the whole thing. That’s just plain cartoonish.
Jeepers, just let him install it. The high school kids in the neighborhood will take care of the rest.
Not obscene but hideous. To each his own I guess...just glad I don’t live across the street from that.
My grandmother’s cousin had a small reproduction of Venus di Milo in her home. She had a velvet (red) scarf wrapped around her breasts. What we thought was especially amusing was that this cousin was totally blind.
If that’s a picture of his ‘hood we’re looking at — a bunch of shoebox houses and metal-building barndos scattered willy-nilly in the middle of the featureless desert — who cares what statuary he puts up?
In many of the European museums, especially in Italy, you will see a small hole where the peen should be. The sculptors typically created a removable peen, particularly on wine gods and satyr statuary, but not always. If it was a slow day at the Museum of Naples, for instance, and the guard wanted to amuse tourists, he might “install” the missing (erect) johnson via its little cylindrical tab into the peen socket.
Yawn. No different from the demon in the movie THE EXORCIST, except that demon had four wings.
>> a hoo-hoo and major league yaboos.
Just for my amusement... what term would *you* use for the gargoyle’s whatchamathingie and sackfullastuff? :-)
You should see some of the stuff found in Pompeii. Then there is those Hindu temples..
Just have it b*ggering another male gargoyle, and he’s home free. May even get a subsidy for materials.
I am sure those neighbors would have a fit over my older basset’s ‘big swingey things down there’.
You can’t help but be in awe of how he doesn’t need a wheelbarrow.
Is an axe wielding gargoyle really all that historically accurate?
If you are joking, it’s not funny.
In the 1980s, while the west towers were under construction, Washington National Cathedral held a decorative sculpture competition for children. Word of the competition was spread nationwide through National Geographic World Magazine. The third-place winner was Christopher Rader, with his drawing of that fearful villain, Darth Vader. The fierce head was sculpted by Jay Hall Carpenter, carved by Patrick J. Plunkett, and placed high upon the northwest tower of the Cathedral.
Add a fur-lined, plaid jockstrap! No harm, no foul.
Jeebers, it isn’t even HUMAN. These same idiots would probably wish the neighborhood dogs and cats wear underpants.
Beam me up, Scotty.
Only if he plans to breed it.
Keeping in mind that this is a public forum and the fact that I have a combined 16 nieces and nephews and 1 grand niece and grand nephew. the term is wee-wee. After 30 years of dealing with nieces, nephews and about 20 foster children of various ages the brain just automatically goes into kid mode for some of these words.
The artist was showing some brass balls there ....
My gran had a wine bottle topper depicting Mannikin Pis proudly displayed in her formal china cupboard. It bookended nicely with the firemen cheesecake calendar in the kitchen.*
*If you’ve ever read the Discworld novels and encountered Nanny Ogg- you’ve pretty much met my gran.
Only if he plans to breed it.
No more calls folks we have a winner!
Love those books.
You got that up in only 7:05. Nice job!
My border collie also has all his original parts, as it were. There are actually crazy people in my neighbourhood who will ask me why he isn’t neutered when I take him out for a walk. “Oh my God! Your dog isn’t fixed! That’s so GROSS!”
Blah blah blah.
We live in a weird society. Artworks are “offensive” and male animals with their natural parts are “gross”, but some 300 lb man walking around wearing a thong is somehow Kosher... But then again, what do I know?
“got that up”.....
I haven’t so not sure what you mean but my grandmother (and her cousins) all grew up in Indian Territory in the late 1800s. My gran thought that the show Oklahoma was too racy. We couldn’t argue with her because she had lived it and was there when Oklahoma became a state. Now my adopted granddaughter’s birth granny was a biker chick from Sturgis complete with tattoos.
A hoo-hoo and yaboos?!!!! LOL!
Love your words... :)
Put a diaper on it. I have never heard of a housetrained gargoyle.
"A nude horse is a rude horse!"
We live in a weird society.
Really. But I’m having trouble beleiving people actually take the time to look at your dog’s junk.
That is freaking sick. If someone dared to comment on my dog’s package, I’d report them as being perverted.