Paul McCarthy Drops a Giant Inflatable Poop on Hong Kong

April 29, 2013 | Julia Dawidowicz

Hong Kong’s shoreside West Kowloon Cultural District Park (WKDC) has been temporarily transformed into a sprawling outdoor sculpture exhibition, with work from six international artists. Curated by M+, the WKDC’s new Museum for Visual Culture, “Mobile M+: Inflation!” is meant to raise questionsabout the overall nature of public art and the many ways viewers can interact with it.

With such installations as a massive inflatable pile of poop sitting next to a balloon-style replica of stonehenge, questions are sure to be raised. The hodgepodge of inflatable installations also includes a massive roast pig-shaped playhouse, a human-cockroach duo that seem to be sinking through the ground, and an interactive performance piece called Poetic Cosmos of the Breath. For a public installation in highly censored China, “Mobile M+: Inflation!” features some pretty edgy stuff.

The Complex Pile of poop is by Paul McCarthy. Naturally.

“Mobile M+: Inflation!”; Cao Fei, Choi Jeong Hwa, Jeremy Deller, Jiakun Architects, Paul McCarthy, Tomas Saraceno, & Tam Wai Ping; Apr 4- Sept 6; West Kowloon Cultural District Park; Hong Kong (Images: Design Boom)

UPDATE: Paul McCarthy’s Complex Pile was apparently destroyed on Saturday by “a sudden weather change,” along with Black Lotus by Choi Jeong Hwa. According to a spokeswoman from the West Kowloon Cultural District, ” We are doing our best to fix it and hopefully we can inflate the artwork as soon as possible.”