Harnessing the underlying obsession with phallic symbols in our society for good, graffiti artist Wanksy has been drawing massive penises centered around the many potholes in his native Manchester, England. After witnessing many of his cyclist friends become badly injured due to the damaged streets and equipped with washable spray paint, the anonymous Wanksy (a play on fellow UK artist Banksy) made it his mission to bring attention to the condition of the roads in his hometown.
“I wanted to attract attention to the pothole and make it memorable. Nothing seemed to do this better than a giant comedy phallus,” he said. “It’s also speedy, I don’t want to be in the road for a long time. It seems to have become my signature. I just want to make people smile and draw attention to the problem.” According to the BBC his tactics have been working. However members of the local Bury city council aren’t so amused with their spokesman stating, “The actions of this individual are not only stupid but incredibly insulting to local residents.”
“Has this person, for just one second, considered how families with young children must feel when they are confronted with these obscene symbols as they walk to school?” Wanksy quickly countered their reports with his own response letting us know that, “It’s not an actual photograph of an anatomical part, it’s a drawing, it’s artwork.”
“The naked body is a thing artists have painted for years. There are sculptures that don’t wear clothes. It’s artistic expressions.”
“To be offended by that, you must be very prudish.”