The sculpture from 1917 that sparked a controversial ongoing argument was the Duchamp's Urinal known as Fountain. The story about this ongoing controversy in the world of arts started on April 9th, 1917, when Marcel Duchamp decided to submit a piece of artwork. The Society of Independent Artist, of which Marcel Duchamp was a member, told people to submit their artworks.
Marcel Duchamp did as announced and brought an upside-down urinal. The association rejected the fountain, claiming the item brought by Marcel Duchamp cannot be considered as an artwork. Marcel Duchamp, who was a member of this association, showed his displeasure about the decision to reject his artwork by leaving the association.
However, people have argued about why the fountain submitted by Marcel Duchamp should be considered as an artwork. Due to the effort of Marcel Duchamp, ready-mades are now being considered works of art, though many people still think otherwise.