May 8, 2004
Woodsman, spare that artwork
A man has been taken to hospital in Italy after falling from a tree as he tried to cut down a modern artwork. Fabrizio di Benedetto, 44, fell as he attempted to remove lifelike plastic dummies of three children hanged in nooses on a tree in Milan.Haven't seen the installation, but it doesn't sound like anything I'd like to have to have my children see. And I'd be pretty angry if such a thing were placed where it would effectively deny me access to a public space.
The artwork had been created by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, whose works have often sparked controversy. . .Quelle surprise.
It had opened to consternation from passers-by, praise from avant-garde art critics and front-page newspaper stories.
Firemen cut down a third sculpture of a barefoot boy also hanging from one of the city's oldest trees in the Piazza XXIV Maggio.From the BBC.
Cattelan's past works have included a sculpture of Adolf Hitler kneeling and a likeness of Pope John Paul felled by a meteorite.
Posted by David on May 8, 2004 6:52 PM