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Well worth a look

If you are passing by the EU Council Secretariat building, it is well worth popping inside to have a look at the controversial sculpture of David Černý which has been causing such controversy. Indeed, as Michelin would put it, it is worth a detour - and possibly worth making that detour sooner rather than later in case it gets removed!

For those of you who haven't followed the story, my good friend Simon Taylor has a summary of it in today's European voice, The Prague Monitor interviewed Černý, and The Guardian has pictures.

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chickenfeet2003
Jan. 16th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
Is that the Simon Taylor who was at Durham 75-78?
nwhyte
Jan. 16th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
No, he's a Cambridge graduate about ten years younger.
chickenfeet2003
Jan. 16th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
I know the ST I used to know spent a lot of time in Brussels doing lobbying type stuff so it seemed plausible.
lasultrix
Jan. 16th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you! I haven't been able to find close-up pictures of so many of them before. A pity there isn't a full collection of photographs - I would really like to see the expressions of the Lithuanian soldiers.

A diplomat friend of mine told me about it on Tuesday and I laughed delightedly. When I came back to Oxford, the door of the house was opened by a Czech friend. I asked her what she thought about the presidency's art and she covered her ears and said, "I don't want to think about this anymore! Please don't make me talk about it!"

A shame. I would have thought the Klaus piss-take would have gone down well with her.
mizkit
Jan. 16th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
When I came back to Oxford, the door of the house was opened by a Czech friend. I asked her what she thought about the presidency's art and she covered her ears and said, "I don't want to think about this anymore! Please don't make me talk about it!"

I suspect this is a little like me, a born Alaskan, wanting to cover my ears or run away every time somebody mentioned Sarah Palin. For three months, the moment anyone found out I was *from* Alaska, that was the Very First Thing they asked about. Agggllghgh. :)
redfiona99
Jan. 16th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
I'm still mildly cheesed off that I haven't been able to find a photo of the Austrian image. Czech collegue told me what it was and I was amused, so now I want to see it.
nwhyte
Jan. 17th, 2009 05:15 am (UTC)
It's great - they actually have smoke coming out of the chimneys!
redfiona99
Jan. 17th, 2009 12:36 pm (UTC)
That's the thing, no matter what one might think of it's overall aims or intent, it's well done.
sierra_le_oli
Jan. 16th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
It's a shame I haven't got a trip to the Netherlands planned any time soon or I know what I would be doing during the break in Brussels. Anyways, the Czechs should be grateful, no one will forget who's got the presidency now. :-)
annafdd
Jan. 16th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
My and Anna's reaction was: "Finally! somebody outdid Berlusconi in the gaffe department!"

Frankly, the piece is not as funny as the author thinks. It is mostly a collection of really staid cliches. It's Daily Mail humor.
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