The artwork on the back of a ute/pickup in Townsville, Australia is ruffling the feathers of a few concerned residents. The life like image of a blonde girl on the back tailgate of the vehicle creates the illusion that she is in the back of the car, bound and gagged, with a shovel leaning up against her. She’s obviously not having a rest after doing some gardening.
According to the Townsville Bulletin, police officer Senior Sergeant Tony Melrose said there will be nothing done about the offensive image as there’s no criminal laws against bad taste. He said “In a free society, bad taste is difficult to legislate against.”
I sometimes wish there were laws against bad taste. I would join the bad taste police force and terrorize art galleries and auction houses everywhere! I would start with the Christie’s and Sotheby’s contemporary art auctions
Offending easily offended local residents is all good and well, but here’s a more productive way to use art on the rear end of your car.