Controversial penis-shaped fish sculpture demolished as public question erection

Controversial statues have been demolished after causing "embarrassment" due to their resemblance to a penis.

The fish statues which were erected in Morocco have been taken down after going viral on social media, reports Morocco World News.

Photos of the sculptures were shared online and many criticised the art work deeming it "embarrassing" and questioning why it was ever built.

The images, which show the two phallic fish went viral after being labelled "pornographic."

Citizens began slamming the local government online, with one tweeting: "People in Kenitra and Mehdia told local authorities they want reforms in the city. And authorities bring them these statues."

Others questioned the amount of money spent on building the statues which could have been spent elsewhere.

The sculptures were located in a Mehdia roundabout near a popular beach which neighbours Kenitra.

Social media users blasted Kenitra authorities for the blunder – however city authorities were quick to disassociate themselves with the art work.

In a Facebook post, the City of Kenitra wrote: “In response to the many complaints from citizens asking for the demolition of the sculpture representing two fish and located on one of the roundabouts in the town of Mehdia, we inform the public opinion of Kenitra, that the town of Kenitra has no relation with this subject, and that the sculpture in question is not located on its territory."

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After the online mockery, Mehdia authorities seemingly ordered the demolition of the fish – considering the disassociation by the City of Kenitra.

On Thursday, workers were seen taking down the statues.

The creators of the sculptures have not been identified publicly, however Mehdia residents believe the statues may have been the idea of the recently-elected municipal council president Abderrahim Bouras of the Istiqlal Party.

Mr Abderrahim Bouras was elected in August 2019.

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