6/6/2018 1:12:48 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
The Esplanade is removing a drawing by Singapore artist Vincent Leow showing the back of a naked man on top of a chicken after some people complained it was obscene, the Straits Times reported on June 6.
The Straits Times report comes just a day after Today reported the drawing would not be removed.
On June 5, a group called Singaporeans Defending Marriage and Family flagged the painting in a Facebook post, accusing the Esplanade of "promoting bestiality”. The group expressed concern it would be seen by children during the current school holidays.
Responding to the criticism on June 5, the Esplanade’s chief executive officer-designate Yvonne Tham said it was an “error of judgment” to put the drawing on display but it would not be removed before contacting the artist. However, on June 6, she said that, after discussing with Mr Leow, "we have agreed to not continue displaying the drawing, given that the public space at Esplanade’s Community Wall does not allow opportunity for an advisory and is visited by a wide range of visitors, including families".
The 1989 artwork is part of an exhibition curated by the Esplanade showcasing Mr Leow’s sketchbooks and loose drawings. They have been on display since April 13 on the Community Wall on the third level of the Esplanade, outside the library@esplanade. The exhibition runs till July 8.