An unidentified couple smashed a penis-motif wooden ashtray glued onto the poster and tried but failed to set fire to the entire collage, said Karen Flores, chief of the visual arts department of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).
One of the vandals then gave a lecture on morality to the lone guard assigned to the exhibit and other visitors before the couple casually walked out of the government building, Flores told Agence France-Presse.
“The exhibit will continue,” Flores said.
The attack may have been linked to an outcry over the exhibit that church leaders and Catholic groups want ended on the grounds that it is blasphemous, immoral, offensive and illegal, she added.
According to the CCP official, the artist has been told of the vandalism and he agreed to continue to exhibit his work.
I’m glad to see nobody’s caving to public pressure here and scrapping the artwork just to be on the safe side. Hopefully nobody tries to set fire to the artist, Mideo Cruz, now.
I also hope those who know that couple and hear them bragging will report them to the police rather than slap them on the backs and congratulate them.
Live and dream.