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A student stuck inside Fernando de la Jara’s “Chacán-Pi” (Making Love) sculpture yesterday (via

As you may have seen on the internet today, an American exchange student “just wanted to take a funny picture” and ended up stuck inside artist Fernando de la Jara’s “Chacán-Pi” (Making Love) sculpture, located on the grounds of the Institute of Microbiology at Tübingen University in Germany. It took 22 firefighters to free him. You may further recall that the man who broke a statue in his quest for the perfect selfie was also a “foreign student.” Where does it end?

Here, by way of counterpoint, are people freely entering (and presumably exiting) another, much better (IMO) oversized vagina statue: “hon-en katedral” (she-a cathedral), by artists Niki de Saint Phalle, Jean Tinguely, and Per Olof Ultvedt, installed at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm in 1966:

Niki de Saint Phalle, Jean Tinguely, and Per Olof Ultvedt’s “hon-en catedral” at Moderna Museet in 1966 (photo via

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2 replies on “College Student Thwarted by Vagina (Sculpture)”

  1. After years of psychoanalysis, Woody Allen’s doctor felt he owed Woody an honest diagnosis of his mental condition: that Woody had an extreme urge to return to the womb, any womb.

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