South Korean shoppers do not like their Spider-man fully erect. They have been trying to get a Spidey statue a little too Viagara-ted to be removed. The statue has been up their for a little more than a year without incident until sharp-eyed shoppers started to notice what was really going on with Peter Parker.
The mall owners asked the artist responsible, Eunsuk Yoo for this truly amazing Spider-man to take it down or have the problem removed. The artist refused, saying he would rather destroy it than alter its "natural" male morning physique. Eventually, the art piece was removed.
Yoo released a statement defending his artistic vision:
I am the artist who made this piece. My reason for it was that I wanted to apply the natural physical phenomenon to a superhero depict whats'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 a shopping mall. It's disappointing, but I'll reach out to the public with a better work next time.