It’s that wonderful time of year, in the northern hemisphere — the weather’s warming up. The snow is all gone (in most areas). Flowers are blooming and trees are leafing out. And, the streets are riddled with potholes. Ugh.
Well, one mystery British artist, calling himself “Wanksy,” is tired of the numerous unrepaired potholes in their city. Wanksy has had several cyclist friends injured due to the large number of potholes.
Although I’ve been able to dodge our potholes here in the States on my bike, I know last year we significantly damaged one of our tires, on our car, from an unfilled pothole that was still present in July! This year, the potholes are back, and although it’s almost May, no one’s touched them. So, Wanksy, I feel your frustration!
But, why penises?
“I wanted to attract attention to the pothole and make it memorable. Nothing seemed to do this better than a giant comedy phallus,” he said. “It’s also speedy, I don’t want to be in the road for a long time. It seems to have become my signature. I just want to make people smile and draw attention to the problem.”
Of course, local officials have frowned upon Wansky’s artistic calls to the pothole problem. “Has this person, for just one second, considered how families with young children must feel when they are confronted with these obscene symbols as they walk to school? Not only is this vandalism, but it’s also counter-productive,” a Bury council spokesperson said.
I wonder if the council spokesperson has thought about those families with young children and their safety driving on pothole-ridden streets?
Whatever community members think of Wanksy’s pothole penises, the result has been clear — they work! The potholes, as you can see below, are getting filled in.
Community service or just pervy vandalism? You be the judge!