An Atlanta artist is frustrated after his sculpture about 9/11 was turned down from a national competition for being too controversial.
It was a miscommunication between the city where the competition is held, and the curators who judge the competition. The piece was approved by the curators to be displayed at City Hall in Grand Rapids, Michigan for ArtPrize, an annual competition. But when the city saw it, they thought it was far too controversial to be in city hall. It is a provocative piece called “Paradise Built on the Bones of the Slaughtered.”
It shows the twin towers and then the burned religious scripts of the Torah, Quran, and Bible.
Atlanta artist Nabil Mousa says it’s influenced by his upbringing.
“Being born in Syria I grew up around all 3 religions, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism,” he said.
Raised as a Christian, he said the sculpture is meant to question what people do in the name of religion.
“When you look at 9/11 and you look at this sculpture, you have to think, how can someone commit these atrocities in the name of God and think that God is on their side,” he said.