The £3,500 piece of art by Thompson Dagnall was recently unveiled next to a children's play area in Tameside's Hyde Park, before being scrapped for its "phallic" appearance.
"I think it's ridiculous," Dagnall told the Manchester Evening News. "It was a fair stretch of the imagination to have it as something phallic. I don't think it looked phallic. It did take quite a long time. I find it a bit sad and a bit silly."
Dagnall explained that he originally made the metal bee on a wooden orchid, but was told the flower was not realistic enough.
He later replaced the orchid with the beehive, but was then informed of its "rude" nature.
Council workers have cut the beehive off the top of the artwork and removed the bee itself, hanging it on a wall in a quieter area of the park.
Chairman of Hyde district assembly Philip Fitzpatrick denied making the "phallic" complaints, but said that the project "didn't work out".
"I don't think it's phallic," he said. "He was not told that by me or any of the elected members - but there are thousands of people working for the council.
"We had a number of people who said it didn't look like a beehive and that was the main problem because it was too far away. It's not near the play area any more, but it's still there for the public. We do get value for money out of it and it's a great success."
Councillor John Bell, leader of Tameside's Conservative party, described the decision as "crazy", saying: "I can't see anything wrong with it. I just think it's crazy that the council should spend £3,500 then take it down on someone's whim."
A council spokesman explained: "The original sculpture of the metal bee was commissioned last year. The sculpture could not be properly enjoyed in its original location due to the density of the trees and has since been re-located.
"Its new siting on the wall next to the learning area and closer to the working beehives was seen as a natural home and more likely to be seen and enjoyed."
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