The German police have their panties in a bunch over a highly inflammatory sculpture of a urinating policewoman by artist Marcel Walldorf. Entitled "Petra", the hyperrealistic figure depicts a female officer crouched, peeing with buttocks exposed. The most chilling detail is her riot baton casually propped on the wall next to her.
Awarded the 1,000-euro prize by the prestigious Leinemann Foundation for fine arts, the piece has created quite the controversy:
"[The foundation's jury stated], 'It shows very well the difference between the public sphere and the private sphere.'
But Saxony interior minister Markus Ulbig, who is responsible for the state's security services, told the German press he was shocked by the sculpture, which he branded an insult to police officers.
The GdP police union also blasted the piece, saying 'it breached the limits of artistic freedom.'"