(Yahoo!) - Talk about an 800-pound gorilla! Queen guitarist Brian May has weighed in on a dispute between Freddie Mercury's estate and the creators of a giant gorilla sculpture painted to look like the late Queen frontman.
It seems that those who run Mercury's estate took issue with the gorilla sculpture created by public art organization Wild In Art to benefit charity. The sculpture, which was on display in the city center in Norwich, England, sported Mercury's trademark mustache and a yellow military-style coat like the one the singer often wore in concert.
In a blog post May wrote for Bri's Soapbox, the famous axe man spoke out in defense of Mercury's estate, saying, "Far be it from me to make an artistic judgement on this – you can form your own opinion – but when the model was first seen, a number of people thought it was a crude and insulting effort – probably to both Freddie and the Gorilla!"
May pointed out that the Mercury Phoenix Trust asked for the gorilla to be redesigned rather than to be removed, which he thought was perfectly within their rights. "When word of this got to Freddie's estate, they asked for an approach to be made to Wild in Art, to ask them if they'd have another go at the painting of the Freddie Gorilla," May explained. "The way it was reported, it looked as if the MPT (Mercury Phoenix Trust) had 'blocked' the deployment of the statue altogether, but actually the issue had nothing to do with the MPT; plus it wasn't a block at all – simply a request for an update to the paint job, to which Wild in Art kindly agreed."
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