'Absolutely a cock up' - $200,000 'penis' art stuns locals

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A $200,000 sculpture in Auckland has caused quite the stir today - because people say it looks like a penis.

Sculpture or phallus?
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A newly unveiled sculpture in Auckland has got people talking.
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The New Lynn artwork was commissioned by Auckland Council near the suburb's new rail station, and the man behind it says it's meant to resemble clouds and raindrops.

"To be honest it's a little bit upsetting but for me it's almost more humorous or funny," says sculptor Gregor Kregar.

"Art is there to provoke the reaction and usually for the one negative comment there's thousands of positive comments as well."

One witty local played a pun, saying it was "absolutely a cock up", while others said it is "terrific".

A man who lives in the adjoining apartments went further: "I love them. I'm glad they're there. They're in my front yard."

Mr Kregar says there are still lights to add, and if you look at the finished sculptures photographed in his workroom there is not a phallic form to be seen.

"Hopefully the opinion will change through time when the sculpture is installed and they'll embrace the work," Mr Kregar said.

Auckland Council's Arts and Culture manager says her team scrutinised images of the sculpture throughout the design process, but she refused to say whether any council staff ever questioned whether the sculpture resembled a penis.

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