The Giant Phallus Protest 

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

In St. Petersburg, Russia, radical art collective Voina painted a 220-foot long/tall phallus on a drawbridge, to highlight and protest the security measures in place as their city hosted the International Economic Forum.

Giant phallus on a drawbridge

As the bridge was raised, the penis appeared, erect, next to the local headquarters of the FSB, Russia’s main internal security agency. Volna issued a statement about their actions:

We have painted a giant phallus to show what the FSB and Interior Ministry are doing in terms of security for the forum.

I can’t say I quite understand their protest. I suppose it’s just simply mockery, indicating that the FSB is clownish. Regardless, I’m amused by the juvenile cleverness employed here.

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