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Spider-Man Statue Accused of Being 'Satanic,' a 'Hate Crime'

A sculpture of Spider-Man's hands shooting a web became the center of controversy in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The statue was placed near the Lincoln Children's Zoo as part of the Lincoln's Serving Hands sculpture project. A local woman reportedly assumed the statue was depicting the devil, and wrote a letter to Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird, demanding the city to take action.

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According to the Lincoln Journal Star, the woman wrote, "It is a sculpture of two hands open, painted Red & Black, and formed into Devil Horns." In her impassioned letter to the Mayor, she called it a "hate crime against the church." City ombudsman Lin Quenzer replied to her, saying: "The sculpture is most definitely not a devil-related sculpture...It clearly has a very playful child-like intent." In doing so, he explained how Spider-Man wore red and blue (and sometimes red and black), assuring her that the statue was inoffensive.

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The Serving Hands public art project, for which the statue belongs to, aims to use its proceeds to benefit Campus Life. A small portion of the profits will go to the individual artists and for the Spider-Man statue, that artist is Ian Anthony Laing. When the project was announced, Laing was inspired to make his statue an ode to the web-slinger.

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"Spider-Man has always been my favorite superhero. Why not pay home to him? Spider-Man can!" he exclaimed. Laing's statue is one of 50 6-foot-tall fiberglass hand sculptures that will be on display in Lincoln through October.

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