LINCOLN, Neb. (CBS Local) — A woman in Lincoln, Nebraska, is demanding the city move a 6-foot Spider-Man fiberglass sculpture in front of the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, complaining it is “anti-Christian” and “demonic.”
The fiberglass sculpture is of Spider-Man’s hands in their traditional web-shooting position with two middle fingers touching the palm.
However, in an email to Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird on Friday, the woman insisted it’s “a sculpture of two hands open, painted Red & Black, and formed into Devil Horns.” She also called the art ugly, perverse and a “hate crime against the church.”
City ombudsman Lin Quenzer responded to the concerned woman via email to explain that the Spider-Man hands wasn’t devil horns or even a city issue at all.
The sculpture is supposed to evoke Spiderman slinging webs. But not everyone sees it that way.
"It is a sculpture of two hands open, painted Red & Black, and formed into Devil Horns," a Lincoln woman wrote, calling it a "hate crime against the church." https://t.co/G2VFQ2RCH5 pic.twitter.com/JZdoUGaSpG
— Lincoln Journal Star (@JournalStarNews) July 17, 2019
It’s actually one of 50 sculptures installed across the city in the “Serving Hands Lincoln” public art project, which will benefit Campus Life, a ministry of Lincoln Youth for Christ, a nonprofit faith-based community organization.
The Spider-Man sculpture, along with the others in the collection, will be auctioned in October with two-thirds of the proceeds benefiting Campus Life. The remaining proceeds from each sale will go back to the artist.