The statue situated in Parc Mauresque in south west France, was robbed of its penis so often that the local council decided it would remove it completely except during public events. Consequently Hercules now has no penis.

 “I wouldn’t wish anyone — not even my worst enemies — to go through what has been inflicted on this statue,” said Mayor Yves Foulon to the Sud-Ouest newspaper.

It is not the first time that the statue has attracted attention. The sculptor, Claude Bouscau, had to shorten the penis a couple of times to make it less offensive, as people complained about it being too big.

Sadly without his penis Hercules doesn’t represent virility and strength like he once did.