A Russian artist has been arrested for creating a snow sculpture in the shape of a giant shit pile near a burial site in Saint Petersburg.
Police and local media said on January 17 that Ivan Volkov was criminally charged with desecrating the gravesite of the dead when he created the five-meter-long sculpture.
The fecal sculpture was located in Saint Petersburg’s Field of Mars, where the graves of those who died in the 1917 Russian Revolution are buried.
Russian service from RFE/RL reported that 29-year-old Volkov posted pictures of the poop on Facebook and Instagram, commenting that he “didn’t attach any particular importance to the work.” The social media posts have since been removed.
If convicted, the artist faces a fine or up to five years in prison.
Volkov has created about 30 snow pictures or sculptures in recent years, including one honoring doctors treating coronavirus cases.