Artist: Michael Hermesh
Confronting Bodies: Curtis Collins, director of the South Okanagan Art Gallery and chair of Penticton Public-Art Advisory Committee
Date of Action: March, 2005
Specific Location: Penticton, British Columbia
Description of Artwork: The sculpture depicts a nude male figure carrying a suitcase.
Description of Incident: After the City publicly display "The Baggage Handler" in a traffic circle in Penticton, the sculpture faced multiple incidents of vandalism including being pushed off of its base and severing his genetalia.
Results of Incident: Hermesh requested $20,000 to repair the damaged sculpture; however, the city council decided to remove the scupture and gave the artist $300 to cover moving costs. A local band, Shaker Green, wrote a song about the sculpture entitled, "Frank the Baggage Handler." The sculpture could possibly be relocated to one of numerous companies who have expressed their desire to have the scultpure.
Submitted By: Danielle Biber