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“Frank” Loses Genitals, But Moves Into Winery

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Sculpture of baggage handler, nearly complete.
    THIS caused accidents? “Frank” before vandals.

In Penticton, British Columbia, “Frank” the Baggage-Handler, a two-meter-tall nude statue of a man surrounded by suitcases, has found a safe haven from the vandals who removed his genitals, broke his ankles, and toppled his suitcases.

The statue, created by sculptor Michael Hermesh, was first due to be shown through September at its original stand overlooking Okanagan Lake. According to the AP story published in Seattle Post-Intelligencer, however,

Trouble arose soon after Baggage Handler was installed in the downtown turnaround in this lakeside resort early this year. After distracted drivers narrowly avoided accidents, a plate was installed over the genitalia. Then it was removed because it drew attention to the groin area and looked silly.

After the vandalism, Hermesh sold the resin-impregnated plaster sculpture to the Red Rooster Winery, whose owners plan to move him inside. The winery, which was created as “a place where quality wines will continue to be developed and presented; where artists and musicians will showcase their talents,” has an art gallery on-site where “Frank” will, one assumes, feel right at home, even without his penis.

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  • DrPat writes: “the vandals who removed his genitals, broke his ankles, and toppled his suitcases.

    Reply: Pat, for want of a more interesting and relevant comment, I have to simply say: that is so wrong!



  • Eric Olsen

    that’s one hell of an opening DrPat! great story, thanks

  • Unfortunately, the link to the “David” clock doesn’t bring in an image – go ahead, click on it for a much more impressive-appearing (and, I hope, accidental) appendage.

  • Apparently it takes very little to distract Canadian drivers…

    Poor Frank was naked in the snow even before his disastrous defacement.

  • That clock is no accident. Its grip on a seminal image of the Western artistic tradition is quite literally being waved in our faces.

  • The sculptor’s site is… enlightening. Now I know why it’s necessary for an artist to get a professional education. Not so much to enable them to create the art itself (that is learned mostly in the doing of it) but to enable them to write sentences like these:

    My primary interest is in figurative sculpture utilizing ceramic and wood mediums. I am working on multiple element pieces utilizing inferred space.

    Okay, then. We utilize what you’re saying, dude.

    Oh, and by the way, as long as we’re here I might as well mention: there’s only one “i” in Penticton.

  • Yep, I took the spelling from the last place I was looking, Mike the sculptor’s Web page.

    The news stories (and the online atlas) – and now, my story – are spelled correctly.