Censorship Bites Frank

John Poon

Penticton, Canada

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Featured in Moody and Evocative, Sculpture

Artist Michael Hermesh sued the City of Penticton and the Art Gallery of the South Okanagan after they refused to pay for the damage done to his piece, which was also known as Frank.

After the statue of the middle-aged man surrounded by several old suitcases was unveiled in 2005, members of Penticton council claimed they were unaware the sculpture was to be nude and a steel plate was placed over the figure’s genitals.

The controversy spawned international media attention which intensified after vandals lopped off the figure’s penis.

In addition to the vandalism involving Frank’s penis, the sculpture’s left ankle was fractured and the left calf cracked. A few weeks later, his groin area was spray-painted green. Art gallery employees tried to remove the paint, without consulting Hermesh, who claims they unintentionally did further damage. (source canoe.ca)

Penticton, BC., Canada

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