It seemed like a good idea at the time. But a belching and barfing statue sculpted by local art student, Bohdi Jansen, managed to remain on display inside a local shopping mall a mere 20 minutes before being carted off by mall authorities.
"Well I'd say it's an understatement to say I am confused and upset about the situation," Jansen complained, "I spent the better part of a year, not to mention £25,000, designing and sculpting that statue."
According to Jansen, the mall commissioned him to sculpt the statue last summer. "I explained to them then what I had in mind," Jansen claimed, "I even had a name for it from the beginning: Manneken Barf," (a seemingly obvious take from the very famous, Manneken Pis statue located in Brussels, Belgium).
"No, no, I must disagree with that," a mall spokeswoman stated via telephone in response to Jansen's allegations. "It is true that we were supplied with the name early on, I think it was Manneken Barf or something. But never were we informed as to the statue's intended functionality."
Mall security Chief, Adam Smith, did not avail himself for comment, but he did manage a quip as he walked off: "It was sick, mate."
Reports have also emerged that the statue's ill effects were, to some extent, contagious. "I'd say there were close to 75 people attending the unveiling," one shop owner estimated, "and out of those, I saw at least 8 to 10 shoppers puking along with it -- it was a mess."