Paul McCarthy Complicated Pile (2007) Inflatable sculpture Installation view, Middelheim Sculpture Museum, Antwerp, Belgium.
Along with this installation comes with a pretty fantastic piece of artistic folklore:
Up in the Sky: Is it a Turd, Is it a Plane?
A GIANT inflatable dog turd by the American artist Paul McCarthy has blown away from an exhibition in the garden of a Swiss museum, bringing down a power line and breaking a greenhouse window before landing again.
The art work, Complex Shit, is the size of a house.
The wind carried it 200 metres from the Paul Klee Centre in Bern before it fell back to earth in the grounds of a children’s home, said the museum’s director, Dr Juri Steiner.
The inflatable turd broke the window at the children’s home when it blew away on the night of July 31, Steiner said.
The art work has a safety system that normally makes it deflate when there is a storm, but this did not work when it blew away.
Steiner said McCarthy had not yet been contacted and the museum was not sure if the artwork would displayed again.
The artist first became known in the 1970s for his visceral performances and film works. During the 1990s he extended his practice to stand-alone sculptural figures and installations. Most recently, he has made a series of large inflatable sculptures.
He is known for tackling taboo subjects in ambitious installations that often turn fairytales into messy nightmares.
The escape of the inflatable turd is reminiscent of another event involving the rock group Pink Floyd.
In December 1976 a giant inflatable pig was tethered to one of the chimneys of the Battersea power station for a photographic shoot for the album Animals. Unfortunately, the pig broke free and was spotted by aircraft approaching Heathrow Airport.
The former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters lost another inflatable pig at the Coachella festival in April.