A Lincoln, Nebraska woman is fighting the city over a sculpture of what she thinks are devil horns—when in reality, they are Spider-Man’s hands.
It’s all going to shit when your friendly neighborhood Spiderman is mistaken for the devil. Smfh.
— Ras Renezinho (@ReneAintHere4it) July 17, 2019
“It is a sculpture of two hands open, painted Red & Black, and formed into Devil Horns,” the woman wrote in a complaint to the mayor of Lincoln, Leirion Gaylor Baird.
“This is anti-Christian, and demonic, and completely inappropriate and offensive to place in front of the Children’s Zoo and the Gardens where couples are married.”
The complainant also called the sculpture a “hate crime against the Church.”
The Spider-Man sculpture is part of a public art project called “Serving Hands Lincoln.” The project is sponsored by Campus Life, a ministry of Lincoln Youth for Christ, a nonprofit, faith-based community group.
“Campus Life chose hands as a representation of its mission to serve the community and reach out to teens in difficult circumstances,” city official Lin Quenzer said.
“The sculpture is most definitely not a devil-related sculpture,” the nonprofit’s executive director Matt Schulte noted. “It clearly has a very playful child-like intent.”
“Well...the spiderwebs kind of seem like this may be the ever-popular & incredibly identifiable Spiderman...but I’m gonna go with devil horns. Where’s my pitchfork?” https://t.co/npbyhJUlIS— BrociousLafferty (@BrociousLaffer1) July 18, 2019
Just your friendly neighborhood Devil Horns: https://t.co/9mUX1kSJns— Chris Dunker (@ChrisDunkerLJS) July 17, 2019
In 2018, the Satanic Temple unveiled a statue of an actual occult deity on the grounds of the Little Rock, Arkansas State Capitol to protest a Ten Commandments monument already present there.
“If you’re going to have one religious monument up then it should be open to others, and if you don’t agree with that then let’s just not have any at all,” Satanic Arkansas cofounder Ivy Forrester said.
If you would like to own Spider-Man’s hands for your own purposes, demonic or otherwise, the sculpture will be auctioned off on Oct. 25th at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln.