A student at Beijing’s prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts has been stirring up a bit of trouble for administrators recently, resulting in him being disciplined by the academy for “upsetting order” on campus — though it’s not clear what exactly for.
27-year-old Ge Yulu, originally from Wuhan, made a name for himself quite literally earlier this year after it was revealed that he had managed to get a road named after himself, fooling Google, Baidu and Apple with just a simple homemade sign.
As part of an art project back in 2013, Ge erected a street sign with his name on it (Ge’s name conveniently ends in the Chinese character for “street”) on an unnamed road near campus. By 2016, he was delighted to find that his name had been adopted as the official name for the street on major map apps in China.
After his trick was revealed, local authorities failed to see the humor in the situation, tearing down Ge’s sign and ordering that his name be removed from all mapping apps.
While this may have caused a loss of face for Beijing’s urban planning officials, Ge said that he thinks it’s unlikely that he’s being punished for it by the college, especially since it was part of a school art project. Speaking to the Legal Evening News, a professor at the academy agreed with Ge’s assessment, believing that there was something else behind the disciplinary action.
Soon, rumors began floating around on Chinese social media that Ge was in fact punished because of a different stunt he had pulled off — one where he placed a dildo on top of a national flagpole on campus. An anonymous graduate of the academy confirmed to the Legal Evening News that Ge had done this earlier in the year, adding that it took several days before security finally noticed the sex toy, and then several more hours for them to get it down.
Meanwhile, images have also been circulating of another one of Ge’s daring art projects, showing him sitting on scaffolding, starting straight into the eyes of a surveillance camera.
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