This sculpture is so ugly, it prompted a bill preemptively banning ugly public art in NYC
After Ohad Meromi's Sunbather was installed publicly in Long Island City, Queens, the city has been getting complaints from locals that the eight-foot tall, bubblegum-pink sculpture is ugly and looks like "Gumby's grandmother".
In response, New York City's City Council has passed a bill that gives neighborhoods the opportunity to ban ugly artworks from their neighborhoods before the works are installed.
For now, the bill only impacts New York's Percent For Art initiative, which reserves one percent of the city's construction budget for commissioning and erecting public art.
Now public art proposals must be presented at community board meetings or public hearings to allow community members to vote on the artwork in question.