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Paul McCarthy's 'tree' sculpture may be gone, but it lives on in memes
Paul McCarthy's 'tree' sculpture may be gone, but it lives on in memes

Since the middle of last week, it's been the sculpture that so many have been talking about: L.A. artist Paul McCarthy's "Tree," an 80-foot inflatable that towered over the Place Vendôme in Paris for just a couple of days before being unceremoniously deflated by vandals on Saturday. "Tree" bears a striking resemblance to an abstracted Christmas tree. It also bears a striking resemblance to a sex toy (a motif that the notorious McCarthy has explored quite regularly in the past). Since its installation Oct. 16, in advance of the FIAC art fair, scheduled to open on Oct. 23, some Parisians had expressed dismay over the piece on social media, with a...

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