“You’re doing great. I just can’t figure out what it reminds me of,” commented Facebook user Predrag Cvetković.
“I love owls and I love the city but this sculpture is a clear failure,” wrote one Stefan Brezar.
Another commenter, Katarina Martinović, lamented, “Now all foreigners will be able to make fun of us.”
Artist Jovan Blat explained to Serbian newspaper Vecernje Novosti via BBC on Nov. 15 that it was meant to be a “stylized” version of a male owl. “Everyone does not understand contemporary art.”
Serbians can take heart that Australians, particularly those in the capital Canberra, are familiar with having a phallic symbol in their city.
In 2011, a statue of a white owl was installed in major road Belconnen Way. The artist, Bruce Armstrong, denied that it was intended to appear phallic. It currently has a Facebook page with a straightforward title: “The Great Penis Owl of Canberra.” JB