A blue cow sculpture in the form of a melting ice cream, complete with a stick emerging from its posterior, caused a storm when it was erected in front of St Istvan’s Basilica in Budapest.
The Budapest Sun reports that the blue cow "ice-cream" is the most extravagant piece of Budapest’s Cow Parade, which has already toured Prague, New York and London.
However, some Hungarian Catholics have already shown their displeasure with at least one part of the project, by removing the blue "melting cow."
The sculpture had been placed in front of the Basilica on 1 July but was moved to the Liberal headquarters a few days later by a group calling itself Deminem.
Although the artists and the organisers of the event claim not to have intended to offended anyone’s religious beliefs with "the plastic animal showing an ice-cream only," members of Deminem argued that "the cow’s location was derogatory and the fact that its back was pointing towards the Basilica is obviously against the Catholic Church."
I guess they must have so little real anti-Catholicism that they are able to concentrate on the direction of the posterior of a melting blue cow to determine insults. This cow didn’t jump over the moon but was determined to be mooning them instead.
I do find the placement of the “sculpture” to be in poor taste.
Sure doesn’t make you hung(a)ry for ice-cream! (nor eager to lick the stick).
Still, the sculptor deserves a (steaming) pat on the back for this effort.
Please tell me that’s a doctored photograph and this is all a joke. Please?
And if they had put it in front of a mosque or in front of PETA headquarters we’d never hear the end of it in the news.
I don’t think it passes kosher restrictions either (mixing meat and dairy).
Poor cow. Ouch.
Oh yeah, thats art all right… NOT.
Will ANY art or architecture from this era EVER be considered alongside the Mona Lisa, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Pieta, or the Sistine Chapel? Probably not. It’s all too abstract and cheap. Most buildings made in this day and age will be demolished in a few decades – and the great Medieval cathedrals will still be standing.
Maybe little architecture from the 20th century will be remembered, but from the 21st there is hope. Look at the Notre Dame architecture program,
(where I happen to be now) it is growing in stature and real size.
Also there are a lot of good Church projects going on now. Clear Creek Monestary in Kansas, Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in LaCrosse Wisconsin are both under construction now and will be very nice. Also in Wisconsin there will be a new Cathedral in Madison to replace the cathedral that burned last year. Check out St Barbara run by Denis McNamara and John Powers, an excellent site on classical architecture.
Aw, this reminds me of the Moose that were all over Toronto in the late ’90s. They were so loathed and defaced – in fact, a radio station called for stealing their antlers in protest of taxpayer funding.
But look on the bright side: At least Budapest didn’t have a Angel Parade or Holy Icons Parade!
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