Despite these genitals being clearly in an aroused state, the intention is not to be erotic but to perform a similar function, albeit on a smaller scale, to The Great Wall of Vagina. It neatly sidesteps eroticism, in the same way that the vagina panels are not erotic: the juxtaposition of so many, in a pure white formation, disassociate the sculpture from the body. It’s actually quite comical, all waving about at jaunty angles. The whimsical title is a pun referring to the male ego being inextricable from their dicks and their cars.
Men’s insecurities around their genitals are often informed by images from pornography. We didn’t use flaccid penises because it’s the size of their erections that concern men more. Most straight men have never seen another man’s erection in the flesh and tend to be utterly fascinated by this piece. It is human nature to want to know where we fit in. It’s a common response to hear them say – “Ok, now I get what the vagina wall is all about” and “Ah, I feel much better about mine now!” Mission accomplished.
This piece was used by the director of the French Film, Tristesse Club, 2014, as the backdrop to a key scene.
A similar penis wall appeared in TV show Fleabag in 2016. These casts were made back in 2006 and this sculpture debuted at my first solo show on Cork Street in London in 2012, alongside The Great Wall of Vagina. The huge press generated by that sensational first showing has seen my work become widely influential, with genital castings now all the rage. Mimicry is the sincerest form of flattery!
Material: Fibreglass in an aluminium frame
Size cm: 78 x 62 x 26
inches: 31 x 24 x 10