Public art is tricky—the idea, ostensibly, is that its presence adds to the aesthetic appeal of the city's outdoor spaces—unless it does the opposite.

The residents of Long Island City are not very happy about the bright pink, 8 and-a-half-foot tall sculpture to be placed on a grass median on Jackson Avenue near 43rd Avenue sometime in 2016. Not only will the piece cost $515,000 in taxpayer money, the majority of neighbors were denied the opportunity to even take a look at a rendering of thing before it proceeded through the approval process, LIC Post reported in November.

Though a community board meeting at the time saw little in-person backlash, commenters on the post jumped to excoriate the piece, created by Brooklyn-based artist Ohad Meromi and selected by a three person panel comprised of members from the Queens arts scene.

"Looks like the Panther on a bender," quipped one. "Why not a piece of performance art, where they throw $450,000 directly into a toilet, instead?" said another. Others drew comparisons between "someone's used bubble gum" and "an enormous pink bowel movement."

“It doesn’t feel great,” Meromi told the Times in response to the vociferous hate. He told the paper the figure's pose is intended to "play off the velocity of life in New York City," and that its “soft organic line” would contrast the sleek modern buildings that surround it. It's hot pink hue "will be like a gift to the location."

Tonight, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer will hold a townhall meeting to let residents air their grievances, in general, though he suspects the forthcoming statue will be mentioned—particularly since Tom Finkelpearl, the city’s commissioner of cultural affairs, will be in attendance.

Van Bramer is also drafting a bill that would allow for a more transparent process when it comes to commissioning public art, though he wisely declined to share his opinion on the piece. “The last thing you want is for politicians to be determining what is or is not art,” he said.