Thursday, October 28, 2004

The Image of Europe

Starchitect-bad boy Rem Koolhaas is causing another stir. His 85-meter long mural in Brussels, The Image of Europe (created for the EU), is unusually inclusive. A Polish parenting association is angry because it includes the Pope with his eyes closed and two men kissing. It also depicts those who are critical or are opposed to the EU:
  • "L'axe du réflexe atlantique: ignoring public opinion in their own country , many European leaders followed America into war against Iraq."
  • Countries that dream of joining the Union, but that are questionably European (Turkey and Algeria, eg).
  • caricatures of major doubters.

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