Premature Ejection: 4-Story Penis Mural on Broome Street is Erased
To come upon the mural had been a surprise. A giant dick greeting denizens of Broome Street, which didn’t last very long at all. Workers descended upon 303 Broome Street yesterday afternoon to erase the artwork with gray paint.
By night, it was gone.
Swedish artist Carolina Falkholt, 40, made international headlines this week by painting this enormous penis on the building facade. (Some claim to see the face of Donald Trump in the shaft.) Standing erect at four-stories, the shock art was completed shortly before Christmas Eve and had fit lock-in-key with the vagina mural that went up on Pike Street earlier that day. (The vagina piece didn’t net the same outcry and remains intact.)
Both sex-leaning murals were painted as part of The New Allen “art foundation” created last year by Baby Brasa proprietor (and newcomer) Milan Kelez.
The premature ejection came at the hands of neighboring residents and business owners who weren’t too thrilled about the X-rated Broome Street art. The subsequent pressure and media coverage (and embarrassment?) in the last couple days ultimately led landlord Samy Mahfar to cover it up. The throbbing phallus was initially supposed to reign free until January 18.
It’s also worth noting that there is a prior relationship of sorts between Mahfar and The New Allen; he had previously “donated” space on Delancey Street to the mural makers.
And until now, there hadn’t been much comment from either Carolina Falkholt or the organization about the purple member.
“I usually paint giant vaginas, pussies and cunts, and since I had just finished one on the side of a five story building on 56 Pike Street, I felt like a dick was needed,” Falkholt told us in an email. “The wallspace on Broome was a perfect fit for it. To paraphrase Judith Bernstein, if a dick can go into a woman, it can go up on a wall.”
“Many of my murals, including these, are about not feeling ashamed of your body and who you are as a sexual being,” she continued. “You can be a woman with a cock and a man with a pussy at the same time. It is all up to yourself, and not society, to decide what gender you are. Talking about these subjects in public space is a must for a healthy, nonviolent community/world. And the dialogue created around feminist public art pieces raises awareness.”