Police in the US state of New Jersey have ordered a family to cover up their snow sculpture of the famous nude Venus de Milo after a neighbour complained.
Eliza Gonzalez sculpted the snow-woman with her son and daughter on her front lawn in Rahway following a snowstorm.
Many people praised their creation, but a police officer told them a neighbour had found it too risque, she said.
When given the option of covering the sculpture up or knocking it down, she dressed it in a bikini top and sarong.
“We didn’t want to have any problem with the police so we covered it up,” Ms Gonzalez told the AFP news agency.
But she now thinks the snowy Venus looks “more objectified and sexualised” than it did before the authorities intervened.
This neighbour who complained about the sculpture — to the cops, no less — you have to wonder, what’s their story? Well, it would be irresponsible not to speculate. Maybe it was someone who went looking for her husband to tell him it was time for church and found him staring out at the snow sculpture with drool running down his chin, panting and grunting like a wild boar in heat. I’m sure the complaint will change everything: from now on, he’ll stare at the sculpture from a room with a locking door.