WATCH ABOVE: Randene Neill speaks to the man who put up a petition asking the City of Vancouver to return the satan statue.
WARNING: This story contains images some readers may find offensive.
VANCOUVER – A petition is circulating online asking the City of Vancouver to re-erect the naked Satan statue along Grandview Highway near Clark Drive.
The petition, called ‘Bring the Giant Satan-With-An-Erection Statue Back to East Vancouver‘, has more than 1,000 signatures already. It was created by Darryl Greer and mentions that if the city can install a statue of a porcelain dog on Main Street with a price tag of almost $100,000, it can install a statue of Satan with no cost to taxpayers.
Although the poodle has admitted it is jealous of the statue:
The statue caused quite a stir when it appeared suddenly next to the SkyTrain tracks early Tuesday morning.
It was ‘anatomically complete’ and while some said it was offensive and needed to come down, many wanted it to stay. However, at about 3 p.m. on Tuesday, city workers arrived to remove the statue.
“The statue was not a piece of City commissioned artwork and consequently it has been removed,” said City of Vancouver spokesperson Sara Couper on Tuesday.
The city has not said what will happen to the statue but has fielded questions from interested parties on Twitter.
An art gallery in Vancouver has offered to display it, but the city tweeted back that they are currently holding it for the owner (no word on who that is though). However, if no one comes to claim it, it could end up at the Hot Art Wet City Gallery on Main Street.
– With files from Peter Meiszner