A giant penis drawn on a frozen moat in western Sweden has created problems for city park officials. The image appeared drawn in snow that fell on top of on ice in Kungsparken (King's Park) over the weekend.
Park staff working for Gothenburg City Council who were out cleaning the area were swifly approached by a number of locals who complained that the penis drawing was offensive. They decided to see if they could scrub the image out. However after gingerly approaching the ice, they turned back, fearing that it might be too risky in case the frozen water cracked.
"They judged that the ice would not stay put. They did not dare to go out on to the moat and consequently the artwork is there until thawing weather returns," Darko Brankovic, director of Gothenburg's Parks and Landscape Administration said.
The unusual mission was documented by a beady-eyed 79-year-old local, Åke Lindgren, who watched the scene unfold from the window of his apartment.
He used his phone to take photos of the park staff dressed in bright yellow jumpsuits at the edge of the ice.
Brankovic, says that he could understand both those who think that the penis is offensive and those who only see the fun in it all.
"But it's funny! The penis is still there, I can still see it. But it is still a bit dangerous right now," he added.