Czech artist embarrasses Prague government although Cerny has fans...
It took several days before anyone complained and the EU began to smell a rat. Only when Bulgaria – depicted as a Turkish lavatory – objected did the Czechs start to question the organiser of the project, the artist David Cerny.
The artwork, commissioned by the Czech government to celebrate holding the European Union presidency for the coming six months has become a source of embarrassment. Prague commissioned Czech sculptor Cerny to create a piece in cooperation with artists from all 27 EU-member states. However, Mr Cerny has admitted that he and two friends created the 8 tonne puzzle, called Entropa, to see, "if Europe is able to laugh at itself". He didn't asked other sculptors as promised to create the project.
Mr Cerny admitted that he made up the names of the artists on the brochure presented to the government. The puzzle, in the form of a map of EU states, decorates a building where EU leaders hold their summits was due to be officially unveiled on Thursday.
+The map of France is emblazoned with the word Greve, which is French for strike.
+Sweden is represented as a piece of flatpack furniture.
+ Britain does not appear at all.
+ Bulgaria is the floor of a toilet.
+Romania a Dracula theme park.
+Poland, one of the most conservative countries in the EU, has priests waving a rainbow flag, a symbol used by gay and lesbian activists.
+Denmark has been completely made of Lego.
+The Netherlands has been represented as a sea with a series of minarets rising from the waves.
and so on..))
It is not yet clear what the Czech government intends to do with the artwork. But it's fun!