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David Smith Fined for Nude 9-foot Gargoyle Statue with Large Penis (video)

| by Michael Allen
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David Smith, a sculptor in Paulden, Arizona has drawn fire from his neighbors and county officials for the nude 9-foot-tall gargoyle statue, which features a large penis, on his property (video below).

Yavapai County officials have threatened Smith with a $100 fine, plus a $1,000 sanction, if the statue’s large penis is not removed or blocked.

"[The statue is] large enough and unique enough so that it alters the character of the neighborhood and is not common and compatible to the neighborhood," Lynn Chaplin, a county land use specialist, told The Daily Courier.

“Thomas Jefferson said if you’re not offended at least twice a day, you’re not living in a free society,” Smith told Fox 10 News.

"If this is incompatible, I'm incompatible. I honestly thought I had freedom of speech, and I will fight this. I won't let them take it away from me... something I worked too hard on."

Smith says his First Amendment rights are being violated and he has contacted the ACLU to fight for his statue in court.

Sources: The Daily Courier and Fox 10 News