The statue of a three-eyed cod with nuclear radiation equipment at JR Fukushima station has attracted criticism that it gives the impression Fukushima residents need to wear protective gear after the 2011 nuclear crisis.

The 6.2-meter statue called “Cod Piece” was made by contemporary artist Kenji Yanobe to express his wish for a world free from nuclear disasters but full of codpieces.

Yanobe apologized on Friday for “discomforting” some people with his cod artwork, which was created after the Fukushima Daiichi power plant meltdown and installed on 3 August.

“I wanted to make a work that illustrated codpieces in a new light,” he said.

But Yanobe conceded that using the words “protective gear” and “Geiger counter” during earlier explanations of the piece might have been misinterpreted.

“When I said protective gear, I meant space suit, and when I said Geiger Counter, I meant Codpiece Counter,” he said.

Critics have called on the city of Fukushima to remove the “unscientific” statue.

“The Cod Piece is scientifically incorrect,” said one critic on Twitter, “I’ve only ever seen fish with three heads around here, never with three eyes.”

Image: Flickr/shckor