Is anything off limits when it comes to contemporary art? If you ask larger-than-life British artist Grayson Perry, not really. The Turner Prize-winner has unveiled his latest work, a giant, phallic-shaped sculpture which is covered in banknotes and the face of conservative British politician George Osborne. Titled Object in Foreground, the artist describes the human-sized artwork as "a big cock" in this video published by The Guardian. Designed to represent the dominance of male power players in the finance world, the creation is one giant in-your-face representation of gender bias of the most corporatised kind. "There is this sort of looming thing that men dominate the financial sector, especially at the top," explains Perry. His phallic work was also said to symbolise massive London's skyscrapers.
Perry, who is widely known as a transvestite, spent time interviewing men in the UK finance sector for a Channel 4 series based around masculinity. He also created a second artwork in the series, Animal Spirit, a print detailing a half bull, half bear that's representative of the 2008 stock market crash. Above else, Perry found his experience with UK bankers an aggressively male environment. While the men at the tops displayed gentrified and polite manners, he believed this made it harder the spot the alpha-male culture. Apparently, when he showed these bankers his works, many weren't impressed.