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Giant turd attacks Switzerland

A giant inflatable sculpture of dog poop — the work of an American artist, now on exhibit at Switzerland’s Paul Klee Center — was blown from its moorings, taking down a power line and breaking a window before coming to rest on the grounds of a children’s home. No, er, fooling.

The piece, entitled “Complex Shit,” was the size of a house, and had a safety system that was supposed to deflate it in bad weather, but the system apparently failed, according to the UK Guardian.

Juri Steiner, the director of the Paul Klee Center, in Berne, said a sudden gust of wind carried it 200 meters before it fell to the ground, breaking a window at a nearby children’s home. The accident happened on July 31, but the details only emerged this week.

Steiner said the artist, American Paul McCarthy had not yet been contacted and the museum was unsure — neutral, you might say — about the piece of art being put back on display.

The installation is part of an exhibit called “East of Eden: A Garden Show,” which features a collection of “weird and wonderful objects” in the center’s front garden. It opened in May and is due to run until October.

The center’s web site describes the show as “interweaving, diverse, not to say conflictive emphases and a broad spectrum of items to form a dynamic exchange of parallel and self-eclipsing spatial and temporal zones”

No, er, fooling.

(Photo from Paul Klee Center web site)


Comment from Marie
Time August 12, 2008 at 5:04 pm

That. Is. Awesome.

Comment from Anne-n-Spencer
Time August 12, 2008 at 6:32 pm

A massive pile of poo . . . been trying to figure out what it reminds me of . . . wait . . . yes . . . Baltimore politics!

I think we should allocate some of our taxes to buy it and bring it here. It would make the perfect installation for in front of City Hall.

Comment from Mary Schmidt
Time August 13, 2008 at 9:36 pm

I’ll take “complex sh!t” anytime over depth-free, even if the stuff causes a little havoc!

The only tags I know much about are the ones I hear in the middle of the night when Amie Dog is scratching. The tags at the end of this entry–whatever they’re used for–made me chuckle in a cranky, middle-aged way.

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