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Mr Big on show at Museum Quarter

The giant sculpture of a naked man complete with clearly visible private parts has been unveiled outside the posh Vienna Museum Quarter in the Austrian capital.

Located outside of the city's Leopold Museum located in the Museum Quarter the sculpture which has been dubbed Mr Big by local media has gone on display and is meant to advertise the new exhibition inside entitled "naked men".

"Mr Big" is 4.5 metres high and is made of wood. The sculpture will be on show until January 2013.

The sculpture made by the Salzburg artist Ilse Haider was unveiled this week in advance of the exhibition which opens on 19 October.

There were some complaints about the man's nudity but for the most part the visitors seemed more amused and many used it as an excuse to have a photograph taken.

The three-dimensional sculpture was praised by the museum director Tobias Natter who said the different reactions from visitors had shown very much how true it was that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

The exhibition which will run until January 28 of next year has 300 exhibits from 100 different artists across Europe and America and covering over 200 years of art history.

Museum officials said it was about time that an exhibition had been dedicated to naked men given the large number of exhibitions already dedicated to the female form.

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