A sculpture showing Wu Song, a fictional character in the classic Chinese novel The Water Margin, killing his sister-in-law Pan Jinlian has been removed from an shopping mall in Shenyang after people complained that it was ‘too vulgar’.
The piece was created by renowned artist Li Zhanxiang, but the conflicted message of the work along with its direct depiction of sexuality raised a lot of questions from patrons of the upscale mall.
The piece is based on a plot line of The Water Margin. In the story, Pan Jinlian married Wu Song’s brother, Wu Dalang, but later cheated on him with Xi Menqing. Wu Song then killed Pan Jinlian to get revenge.
One netizens said that “It’s hard to look at it without any mosaic.”
“This is too erotic,” another said. “This is just too vulgar.”
The influx of complaints resulted in staff taking the sculpture down.
By Isabel Quan