By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Jun 23, 2014
It took a team 22 firefighters to pull an American exchange student out of a giant sculpture of a vagina he climbed into to take a photo in Tuebingen, Germany.
The statue, a “six-foot replica of female genitalia, was installed 13 years ago outside the microbiology and virology department of the city’s university clinic,” reports NBC News. “It is worth nearly $200,000.”
The 20-year-old student, whose name has not been released, got his leg trapped in the sculpture on Friday after climbing into the narrow space on what fire department squad leader Markus Mozer told NBC News was “a dare.”
“A total of 22 rescue workers with special equipment were deployed to the scene,’ NBC News reports. They were able to pull the trapped man out after about 30 minutes without using any tools or damaging the sculpture.
According to U.K. newspaper The Guardian, the Chacán-Pi (Making Love) sculpture by the Peruvian artist Fernando de la Jara has been in place at Tuebingen University since 2001. According to de la Jara, the 32-ton sculpture, made out of red Veronese marble is meant to signify "the gateway to the world,” the Guardian reports.