It's a Bird! It's a Plane!
It's a Floating Naked Guy!
It's a Floating Naked Guy!
I was hoping beyond hope that there were pictures of SUPERMAN RETURNS star Brandon Routh hovering naked over a city.
I mean, as Dolly Parton says in 9 TO 5, "You got a nice package. You might as well show it off."
And Brandon definitely had no problem filling out the red & blue tights. No problem at all.
(Pause as Stephen puts SUPERMAN RETURNS into his dvd player... And... we're back.)
But that wasn't what the article was about. Apparently a Polish artist named Pawel Althamer has installed a 70 foot floating balloon sculpture of a naked man that is hovering outside of the Renaissance Palazzina Appiani in Milan's Parco Sempione.
And this balloon sculpture of a naked man - - it's Mr. Althamer's self-portrait.
Take that Vincent van Gogh! THE STARRY NIGHT's night so bold now, is it?
Apparently, the installation has caused more than a few double takes, some chuckles and in just three days, has encouraged over 3,000 people to attend the artist's show of video and sculpture self-portraits entitled "One of Many." The locals, however, aren't shocked by the 70 foot tall naked balloon man at all.
"To be honest with you, it's nothing new," said Rosaria Mirabelli, mother of 3-year-old Tommaso who stared at the sculpture from the back of his mother's bicycle.
"He sees his father naked. In this park we see so many worse things than a naked man," she said, referring to the park's reputation as a haven for drug users.
God, I love Italians.
Why? Well, the quote from American Adriana Spatafora, an English language teacher passing by, says it best...
"This wouldn't fly in the U.S."
That's the understatement of the decade. Americans can show a mass murderer on national television pointing his gun at the camera over and over and over again after he has just slaughtered dozens of people and nobody says a thing, but Janet Jackson shows one breast for a second and a half and it's anarchy.
What are we Americans? In the third grade? Giggling at wee-wee's and tah-tah's? Geez...
That said, it's no surprise that this is the only picture that Fox News - - and every other news agency that I could find - - ran with the story. No wee-wee in sight.
Notice how the guy on the bicycle just HAPPENS to obscure the gigantic, dangling balloon penis. What is this? An AUSTIN POWERS movie?!?!
But, never fear. A quick google search found these pictures of the sculpture and I have to say, I would love to see this installation in Millennium Park next summer.
And Macy's take note: Put THIS balloon in Chicago State Street Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and I might - - might! - - consider forgiving you for erasing the name "Marshall Field's" from Chicago department stores.
And if you need any help... ummmm... "blowing him up," let me know.