The Chacán-Pi (Making Love) artwork by the Peruvian artist Fernando de la Jara has been outside Tübingen University's institute for microbiology and virology since 2001 and had previously mainly attracted juvenile sniggers rather than adventurous explorers.
According to De la Jara, the 32-ton sculpture made out of red Veronese marble is meant to signify "the gateway to the world".
The mayor of Tübingen told the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper that he struggled to imagine how the accident could have happened, "even when considering the most extreme adolescent fantasies. To reward such a masterly achievement with the use of 22 firefighters almost pains my soul."
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Building codes include criteria on baluster shape and spacing to avoid accidents like this (or worse, it could have been the guys neck in the narrow section). I guess public art need not meet safety standards in Germany.
There's a temple in Nara, Japan that includes a big hole in a post that visitors often try to squeeze through. It isn't nearly the trap that this sculpture has become though.
I think I've read that manga.
German journalists seem to be having a lot more fun. "About 15 bystanders, presumably all expert microbiologists and virologists, could not help." http://www.sueddeutsche.de/panorama/steinerne-vulva-in-tuebingen-heillos-verklemmt-1.2010137
Google Translate did a pretty good job with that article. We've come a long way since the days of Garblefish
Insert rebirth therapy joke here.