What’s that in the sky? Is it a bird, plane, superman? No, it’s a giant pink condom.
By Vic Saule
Sydney’s newest landmark; a bright pink, 18 metre high condom covering the 157 year old obelisk (aka giant pointy thing) outside Hyde Park has sparked more controversy than Miley Cyrus’s riding-a-giant-penis-during-a-concert stunt.
Installed by ACON, NSW’s leading agency on HIV prevention, the condom was “erected” to promote safe sex and raise awareness of AIDs/HIV particularly amongst gay men.
“This installation is sure to create lots of interest as we’ve selected a very visible icon in a high traffic area. We’re hoping to turn lots of heads as well as raise a few eyebrows,” said ACON CEO, Nicolas Parkhill.
And eyebrows have certainly been raised – with concerns being voiced by the “big pink dildo” placed near a War Memorial would be degrading to Remembrance Day celebrations being held on Tuesday and would bring up awkward conversations between parents and their potentially confused children.
Australian Christian Lobby director and outdoor advertising lobbyist Wendy Francis called the installation “disgusting” and that it was “completely inappropriate” to turn a heritage listed obelisk into a “giant penis.”
Next to the condom, safe sex ambassadors will also be handing out condoms, the most effective way to prevent HIV according to ACON.
ACON hopes that campaigns like this will help end HIV transmission in NSW by 2020.
According to the ACON website, the number of gay men not always using a condom during casual encounters has increased by about 20% over the last 15 years.