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Is that the Washington Monument in Your Pants or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

As I said in my Statue Porn (Feb. 3, 2012) post, public art and monuments conjure up images of stone obelisks and huge bronze people often naked. Of course there are the exceptions, the Vietnam Vetrans Memorial designed by Maya Lin is a famous one, or maybe Andy Goldsworthy, “Garden of Stones,” a memorial to the Holocaust that is an array of boulders with trees growing on top, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage to name but a few. There are so many great works of public art, but some of the most famous, and most photographed, are un-inspired forms like the Washington Monument.

The common use of the phallic symbolism in public space has been mourned by art lovers and feminists alike. The phallic form stands for military might and masculine pride, which is maybe not the best symbol of an ideal government or for public pride. Although these forms are as old or older than Ancient Egyptian culture, the documentation of public interaction with them is newly available online, and hilarious.

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