Somebody Turned a Bicycle Sculpture Into a Giant Penis Overlooking the Sea
The easiest way to deface a public work of art is probably by turning it into a giant penis. A great example of this law of defacement is a sculpture in Devon, England, which was transformed from a bicycle into very large schlong on a hill, overlooking the seaside.
To welcome cyclists participating in the Tour de Britain, and to also highlight its efforts to curb over-use of plastics, the small town of Ilfracombe constructed a sculpture of a bike, using corrugated cardboard and various plastic items. For a while, it was a pleasant little public art exhibit that looked like a giant bicycle, visible from afar.
***MASSIVE THANKYOU*** to @ilfracombetowncouncil @atlaspackaging and @sethconway_media for making this epic land art on capstone hill (corrugated cardboard and recycled milk bottles and becah plastic from previous becah cleans to make the spokes) in Ilfracombe to represent the efforts going on in North DeVon communities to reduce single-use plastic. Ilfracombe is a @surfersagainstsewage plastic free approved town itself and it’s community and local council are a shining example of how to make this happen... Can’t wait to see it in all its glory during the race footage... it might even win @thetourofbritain land art competition 🤞👊 #plasticfreecommunities #plasticfreenorthdevon #doitlikedevon #refusesingleuse #passonplastic Enjoy the race wherever you are 🌍
But somebody thought it'd be funny to turn the innocuous bicycle into a very large dick overnight.
Seth Conway, project co-ordinator of Plastic Free North Devon said the bike will ultimately be more memorable than the sudden and dramatic penis that appeared in its absence, telling Devon Live: "It was going to have been taken down today anyway but someone got there first. They've shown some creativity but it'll be the bike that's remembered."
No act of vandalism lasts forever, but the good ones can make an impression. Just ask the Navy pilots who drew a penis in the sky.