I just posted a series of images featuring the Jacksonville World War (one) monument. The man/angel/being is nude, winged, but does not have a penis persay, simply a bulge. I didn't safe filter them, as I don't see it as a problem, but was wondering/worried about others thoughts.
To much attention is often payed to genitalia and not enough to the aesthetics, narrative and message of a piece of art work... such as this winged figure of a youth rising valiantly and victoriously out of and above the madness of World War One and the turmoil produced by humankind's passions.
Some information about the sculpture:
Unveiled on Christmas Day, 1924…
Surrounded by a fountain, Winged Victory memorializes the 1,200 soldiers from Florida who made the supreme sacrifice during the First World War. Two little girls unveiled the monument: Mary B. Burroughs was the niece of Edward Cantey DeSaussurre, killed in the Argonne Forest, and Mary Danto Bedell was the niece of Miss Bessie Gale, a YMCA worker who died on duty near Bordeaux, France. A St. Augustine sculptor, C. Adrian Pillars, began work on the statue in 1922. He drew inspiration from a sentimental war poem by soldier-poet Allan Seeger, a young New York native who enlisted in the French Foreign Legion and lost his life in WWI.
In spite of the statue's obvious maleness, gossip claimed that a female had posed for most of it. Other rumors insisted that the model had been a driver for General John J. Pershing, the commander-in-chief of the American Expeditionary Force during WWI. Actually, the figure was based on the likeness of a 16-year-old high school football end from St. Augustine, Percy Reginald Palethorpe, Jr. His father, who hailed from England, was a retired busker, someone who sings, dances, or plays music in public, usually for donations. Percy's mother was born in Kentucky, as was he. The 6'3'', 180 pound boy received $1 per hour for posing for Winged Victory, or about $10 in today's money. Percy didn't attend the unveiling. (Six years later, according to the 1930 census, he still lived in St. Augustine and worked as an engineer on a steam locomotive. He died in St. Johns County in 1965.)