January 15, 2019
A statue of the Saudi Arabian flag is to be removed from World Trade Centre grounds after several people made complaints about its proximity to the site of the September 11th attacks.
The statue is a part of an art installation sponsored by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey featuring the flags of G20 countries—Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States—as candy with their respective flags as the wrappers
Created by French Artist Laurence Jenkell, the “Candy Nations” exhibit was originally commissioned in 2011 ahead of the G20 summit in Cannes, France, and was supported by “companies and organisations including the Chanel Foundation, the International Olympic Committee and Coca-Cola,” according to Port Authority.
The “Candy Nations” exhibit was in display in New York’s Garment District Alliance’s Art on the Plazas programme before its display on the World Trade Centre campus.
Soon after the exhibit was displayed on the World Trade Centre, complaints about the Saudi Arabian flag’s presence near the tragic site started flooding Twitter.
The Saudis funded and executed 9-11.
Some might think I’m overreacting, but I think this is pretty F-ed up.https://t.co/H3Hc3uyZQi
— Ken Webster Jr (@ProducerKen) January 10, 2019
— Michael F. Longo (@MikeLongoNYC) January 8, 2019
This article was posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 7:56 am