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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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Comments

  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsover 4 years ago

    nice one

  • I wasn’t even watching this one. I posted it just to say something, and got 2 features out of it. Hah

    – John Poon

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaover 4 years ago

    Oh that they ruined it is terrible. But great work and narrative, John

  • Oop, I wasn’t even watching this one. I posted it just to say something, and got 2 features out of it. LoL

    – John Poon

  • Ladyshark
    Ladysharkover 4 years ago

    Great image – sad that people deface things like that tho…

  • I wasn’t even watching this one. I posted it to say something, only had 4 people comment on it, but got 2 features out of it. Hah

    – John Poon

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 4 years ago

    this is a super image John, such a shame about the morons vandalising this wonderful piece of work.x

  • I wasn’t even watching this one. I posted it just to say something, and got 2 features out of it. LoL

    – John Poon

  • mscott207
    mscott207over 4 years ago

  • Thank you very much, Michael!!!

    – John Poon

  • ROUBLE RUST
    ROUBLE RUSTover 4 years ago

    FEATURED in Sculpture x

  • Thank you so much! Cheers :)

    – John Poon

  • madvlad
    madvladabout 4 years ago

    every body is a crud dick

  • Carol and Mike Werner
    Carol and Mike...about 3 years ago

    Cool image, John and interesting story

  • sure2010
    sure2010about 3 years ago

    Just great John….

  • blackalbino
    blackalbinoalmost 3 years ago

    Love this!

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