On Christmas Eve, graffiti artist Carolina Falkholt decided to paint the giant penis on the side of an NYC apartment building standing on Broome Street between Forsyth and Eldridge Streets. And it is not her first controversial painting on a building.
As she says on her Instagram post, where she shares a picture of the pink penis “I have never heard so much laughter and seen so many happy faces behind my back when painting as for today doing this wall on Broome Street.”
But despite all that laughter and fun, there were many people who weren’t so pleased to see the image. Many commenters expressed their outrage and disgust towards Falkholt for placing her penis on the building and call it an act of public indecency.
Others said it was wrong of her to point this up in their neighborhood. “Y’all Wanna come mess up are neighborhood with what you think it’s cool but it’s really not. Can’t wait till it’s removed and it will happen. We don’t play that in the Lower East Side,” wrote one user.
“Contrary to what developers and the folks you see in the street, there are thousands of people in this neighborhood who are raising their children here. While I’m gathering you may not have any children or may not live here to have to walk by and see this, i certainly was not happy to have to explain to my 8-year-old twins what this was,” wrote Pena.
As for Falkholt, she says that this image, and another one on Pike Street that depicts a vagina, are meant to start conversations about sexuality. She says they’re “about not being ashamed of your body and who you are as a sexual being. “Talking about these subjects in public space is a must for a healthy, nonviolent community/world,” she said. “And the dialogue created around feminist public art pieces raises awareness.”
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