Saturday, May 26, 2012

Classical Tradition Gone Wrong: Romanian Trajan Hover Dog Snake Thing

This one just hit my email and Twitter feed (tip o' the pileus to Lisa Trentin for the latter) at almost the same time and is generally bizarre … here's the BBC version:

A statue representing the birth of the Romanian nation has been greeted with derision by the public and critics.

The sculpture, unveiled outside Bucharest's National History Museum, portrays a naked Roman emperor Trajan carrying a wolf.

It is supposed to represent the fusion of the Roman empire with the ancient tribes of Dacia.

But the work by Vasile Gorduz has been described as a "monument to Romania's stray dogs".

Gorduz, who died in 2008, was a central figure in Romania's art establishment for decades, and in the 1990s was the professor of sculpture at the National University of Arts in Bucharest.
'Doubtful artistic quality'