After being slapped in the face by a malcontent Parisian and insulted by “Springtime for France”(!) on Twitter, Paul McCarthy’s giant inflatable Tree has been deflated after someone unplugged (!) the power cord. At least, that is what I make from a French article sur le web: “les inconnus avaient débranché l’alimentation électrique de la soufflerie qui gonfle la structure”. I for one do understand how erecting a Christmas tree two months before Christmas can provoke such an outrage. I also understand McCarthy isn’t the political activist who intended a big “Up Yours” season’s greetings to the poor (not really) one-percenters staying at the Ritz hôtel. Aah, art; controversy.
(Also comes to mind: the act of vandalism against a giant inflated duck in Belgium, and this radio show telephone prank from the nineties).