European Union “Punk’d” by Shock Artist David Cerny

By - January 15th, 2009

 European Union Punkd by Shock Artist David Cerny
Photo Courtesy of NY Times | Olivier Hoslet EPA

It was supposed to be the centerpiece marking the momentous occasion http://czech.cz/” target=”_blank”>Czech Republic‘s succession to the presidency of http://europa.eu” target=”_blank”>European Union.  However, the mammoth sculpture, titled Entropa, currently on display at the EU Headquarter in Brussels has become something of notoriety.  The original conception was to show a Europe united, with the focus on strengths of each member nations. Instead, Entropa showed all of the EU nations discombobulated on a mock-up model toy kit.  To add further insults, stereotypical statements were put on each nation’s representations.  France had the word “Strike” across it.  The Netherlands was under water.  A series of highways crisscrossed Germany that at a certain angle looked like a swastika.  Romania was reduced to a Dracula theme park.

When the Czech Republic first commissioned the sculpture, it invited Czech artist http://davidcerny.cz” target=”_blank”>David Cerny to contribute, with the understanding that 26 other artists, each from their home countries, will participate in its completion.  But Cerny, who’s well known for controversial (and humorous) installations, tactfully fabricated 26 fictitious artists.  Some even had fake websites and portfolio to authenticate their “works”. Now the question is what to do with the massive 8-ton artwork.  Before that, however, Czech officials are issuing apologies to offended EU members. Via:: http://nytimes.com” target=”_blank”>NY Times

http://europa.eu” target=”_blank”>> European Union

http://davidcerny.cz” target=”_blank”>> David Cerny

A video shot of the Entropa sculpture at EU Headquarter after the jump…

European Union Punkd by Shock Artist David Cerny
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