The idea was to portray stereotypes of the 27 different member countries, made by 27 different artist from each of the member countries. Apparently, Cerny changed his mind and did all the stereotype himself (and cashed in the 50 000 euros alone). And it is actually funny, here are some picture I took today (I should have had a bigger camera, this is taken with my iPhone):
Bulgaria has demanded that the installation be removed because, as they argue, “we are not Europe’s toilet”. Romania is portrayed as a Dracula theme-park, Denmark as made of Lego, Sweden is wrapped in an Ikea box, the Netherlands as a flooded land with minarets sticking up from the water, Britain is totally missing…
When I went over to the Council today, there were lots of people, poking, laughing, holding their hand to the mouth – in other words, amusement.
The Czech republic has had a rough start on it’s presidency (yes, I miss Sarkozy), Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek has already (only 15 days into the presidency) made several gaffes (“Israel has a right to defend itself” about the slaughters in Gaza), recently in Strasbourg; “Worse than Nice” (about the Lisbon treaty).
But if Topolanek bends over from Bulgarian pressure and removes the installation, the gaffe list grows longer.