Paul McCarthy’s giant, 15.5 metre high inflatable shit, a.k.a. ‘Complex Pile’ was recently installed in a park in West Kowloon, Hong Kong. The work was part of an inflatable sculpture exhibition organised by M+, a new visual culture museum set to open on the site in 2017. The show has taken an unexpected turn, however, with extreme weather conditions causing the scatological sculpture to burst. “A small hole was discovered on the surface of the piece. We are doing our best to fix it and hopefully we can inflate the artwork as soon as possible,” said a spokeswoman for the West Kowloon Cultural District.
This isn’t the first time McCarthy’s shit has caused trouble. In 2008 the Pile brought down a power line and smashed the window of a children’s home when it broke its moorings outside the Paul Klee Centre in Berne.
(Check out the other inflatable works in the M+ show here).