A picture of the mural posted to the artist’s Instagram.

Mural of Genitalia Painted Over on Manhattan’s Lower East Side

A mural of a penis four stories tall by artist Carolina Falkholt, painted on the side of a Broome Street building in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, was removed after complaints from neighbors, writes Peter Libbey of the New York Times. The work was revealed to the public on December 24 and was painted over by Wednesday, December 27. The New Allen, an arts group created to promote public art on the Lower East Side, commissioned the mural.

“Talking about these subjects in public space is a must for a healthy, nonviolent community/world,” said Falkholt in a statement to Hyperallergic. “And the dialogue created around feminist public art pieces raises awareness. Art is one of the only places left where we can truly be free and discuss whatever difficult topics there are, since art has the ability to translate and transform language in any direction possible.”