The freshest addition to Victoria Street in Brunswick landed this week, with street artist Makatron’s 6 metre high “Big Macca Burger With The Lot” popping up on the wall of Rathdowne Fabrics.

It’s a beauty. <3

A photo posted by LAND OF SUNSHINE – Melbourne (@deansunshine) on

According to the building’s owner Dean Sunshine on instagram, the artwork had hardly dried before a beef from the local council emerged, who took issue with the meal of nudes and smashing of parts on display. 

“Not even up for a day and council are trying to remove it,” Sunshine wrote yesterday.

According to The Guardian, Mayor of Moreland Meghan Hopper said certain parts of the work toed the line and may be “edited” in the coming weeks. 

“Art is certainly in the eye of the beholder, but our arts and culture team does think there are a couple of parts of the image that might have crossed a few lines.”

Since then, a Change.org petition addressed to Hopper emerged, campaigning for the work to remain uncensored:

“This is a complete over-the-top reaction. The public is mature enough to deal with the slightest suggestion of sexual behaviour, especially when so skilfully hidden within a beautiful juicy burger.”

The Sydney Morning Herald today reports that the artwork won’t be removed—as initially claimed—but the council will “consult” with Makatron on the future of the work next week. 

Whether Melbourne will be allowed to have nice things or not is yet to be determined; but in case some strategic lettuce does find itself strewn across the mural at council’s request, fans of Makatron can wear an artful nude burg on their chests/sleeves over here, as Makatron is pumping out limited edition tees of the design in all its glory.

:’) 

Lead image via Instagram.