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Debate in Turkey Over Armenia Monument: Modern Art or a Blight on the Landscape?

January 10, 2011 by  
Filed under Sculpture

ISTANBUL (AP).- Modern art or a blight on the landscape? A giant monument to friendship between historic enemies Turkey and Armenia has become a symbol of controversy rather than healing. Turkey’s prime minister said the monument near the Armenian border is a “freak” that overshadows a nearby Islamic shrine, underscoring complex tensions in predominantly Muslim Turkey over religious piety and free expression in a society torn between the modern and the traditional. The monument features a divided human figure, with [...]