A statue of Spider-Man was removed from side of a South Korean mall because the iconic superhero was sporting a gigantic erection. According to Kotaku, artist Eunsuk Yoo was commissioned to re-create Spider-Man which was placed on the side of the Lotte Shopping Center in Busan.
The statue shows the character upside down with a giant boner. The Spider-Man replica was first placed on the outside of the mall in 2013 and sits above the mall's playground and rest area. After the mall started receiving numerous complaints, they told Yoo to either modify it or take it down.
Instead of making any changes to his work, Yoo decided to have the sculpture removed but was very upset about it, Kotaku reports. On his Facebook page, the artist defended the statue writing (translated by Kotaku),
"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 what'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 to 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."