The giant penis was covered with the plastic sheathe after residents complained
The giant penis in the Austrian town of Traunkirchen was met with stiff opposition by members of the local Church after it was erected in the garden of a local art dealer.
As the giant phallus, measuring over six feet, was standing in a private garden right next to a 'Way of the Cross', a hiking path up a hill along chapels and images depicting the events of the day Jesus was crucified, Mayor Christoph Schragl decided to place screens in front of the garden to obscure it from view.
The phallus stands in the garden of an old villa owned by antique dealer Juergen Hesz, which is located next to a little chapel on the way of the cross.
Hesz said that the statue had been there for months and not once had anyone complained.
Praised be what hardens you
He met with the Mayor on Thursday to try and find a permanent solution about what to do with the fertility symbol from Hellenistic times which had caused such an excitement in the town over the Easter week.
They decided to cover the penis statue with a condom-like yellow tarpaulin sheet over it for the Easter weekend.
Hesz said: "Now we have an Easter peace." Also Mayor Schragl thanked Hesz for the meeting, as with the statue standing on his private ground he did not necessarily have to accommodate demands to cover up his penis.
Mayor Schragl met with the statue's owner to see if there was a way to remove the member
Ever the master baiter, Hesz could not resist a little provocation, and put a famous quote by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche on the tarpaulin condom.
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It read: "Gelobt sei was hart macht" ("Praised be what hardens you").
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Hesz put a quote from Nietszche on the wrapping: "Praised be what hardens you"
Asked what would happen with it after the festivities with the statue, Hesz came up with a spontaneous idea.
Hesz said he will have his penis auctioned after which he will make the profit available to the community for a beneficial purpose. According to the estimate of the antiques dealer, "the good item" is worth between 85,000 and 100,000 EUR (72,160 and 84,895 GBP).