Public art can spur myriad reactions.
In Nebraska, a woman complained to city officials that a 6-foot-tall red-and-black painted sculpture of outstretched hands is demonic, anti-Christian and a hate-crime against the church, the Lincoln Journal-Star reported.
The fiberglass sculpture, titled “Spiderman” by artist Ian Anthony is one of 51 “Serving Hands Lincoln” installations placed throughout the city. The art will be auctioned in October to benefit Campus Life, part of Lincoln Youth for Christ, a nondenominational charity group that helps teens.
The majority of the proceeds will benefit the group and the remaining third will go to the artist.
So until the auction, “Spiderman” will remain on display at the Lincoln Public Zoo.
“The sculpture is most definitely not a devil-related sculpture,” Matt Schulte, director of Campus Life, told the Journal-Star. “It clearly has a very playful child-like intent.”
The sculpture is supposed to evoke Spiderman slinging webs. But not everyone sees it that way.— Lincoln Journal Star (@JournalStarNews) July 17, 2019
"It is a sculpture of two hands open, painted Red & Black, and formed into Devil Horns," a Lincoln woman wrote, calling it a "hate crime against the church." https://t.co/G2VFQ2RCH5 pic.twitter.com/JZdoUGaSpG
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