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. . .

It had opened to consternation from passers-by, praise from avant-garde art critics and front-page newspaper stories.

Quelle surprise.
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.

Cattelan's past works have included a sculpture of Adolf Hitler kneeling and a likeness of Pope John Paul felled by a meteorite.

From the BBC.

Posted by David on May 8, 2004 6:52 PM


3 cheers for him. I wouldn't want to see that in a public space either.

Posted by: Claire on May 9, 2004 8:10 AM

Sounds like another "artist" whose main theme seems to be "Me! Notice me! Me me me me me!"

Posted by: Andrea Harris on May 9, 2004 10:18 PM
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