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Spider-Man statue on South Korean building has an erection, angers residents

This Spider-Man is anatomically correct and being forced down.
This Spider-Man is anatomically correct and being forced down.
Eunsuk Yoo

A Spider-Man statue that is attached to a building in South Korea has been there since last year, but people are not very happy. It appears as if their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is a little too friendly as it resides over a shopping mall's playground and rest area. Kotaku reported on June 6, 2014, that artist Eunsuk Yoo was advised to take the statue down or modify it by removing the huge erection.

Yes, the statue has an erection and it was actually created that way.

There were a number of complaints when the Spider-Man statue with the erection was put on the building, but those complaints have escalated in number recently now that the images went viral.

Yoo was told he could modify his creation and change the way it looks, but he refused. He said that he would rather have it taken down than change its design. He was asked about the statue and why he created it in such a way. Yoo said that his Spider-Man was made to look natural.

Via his Facebook page:

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 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 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.

It appears as if the Spider-Man statue with the erection was perfectly fine for the first year. The complaints were few and no-one had a big problem with it.

Once the pictures went viral by hitting sites such as Reddit, the pressure was put on Yoo to change the way it looked. He simply would not do so and therefore, it needed to be taken down.