An offensive statue depicting a naked Hillary Clinton has been removed after only hours in New York.
The statue showed the Democratic candidate – favourite to take out the US election on November 8 – with her jacket flung open and a Wall Street banker caressing her bare stomach, while her hoof stomped on a map of Libya.
Instagram user Gregory Reid posted the photo on Wednesday (AEST), saying the statue was proof the election had “brought the mean-spirited, nasty, wacky, strange, ridiculous nature out of people”.
“Can anyone tell me [what] the motivation or message is behind this behind this (loosely called) piece of art?” he asked his followers.
According to New York Magazine, the naked effigy of Ms Clinton stood for just three hours outside the Bowling Green subway station before it was pushed over by a member of the public.
Saw this coming out of the bowling green train station on my way to work. This election has brought the mean-spirited, nasty, wacky, strange, ridiculous nature out of people. Can anyone tell me WTF is motivation or message behind this (loosely called) piece of art (or 💩)? #newyork #nyc🗽 #brooklyn #4train #4line #bowlinggreen #bowlinggreenstation #newyorkdailynews #wallstreet #financialdistrict #abc7eyewitness #nbc4ny #news12bk #ny1news
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A video taken by another Instagram user showed a woman getting into a heated fight with the young artist as she attempted to pull down the statue.
In the footage, a crowd can be seen gathering as the woman repeatedly pushes over the statue and eventually sits on top of it.
The artist appears exasperated and appears to give up.
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According to NY Magazine, the NYPD arrived at the scene at 8.30am local time and asked the artist to remove the statue from the street.
In August, a similar statue depicting a naked Donald Trump was removed from Union Square in New York.