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Scottish Art Student Depicts Mickey Mouse Flying Toward Flaming World Trade Center
Tampa Tribune ^ | 2/20/04

Posted on 02/20/2004 12:51:08 PM PST by areafiftyone

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) - A soft sculpture of Mickey Mouse flying an airplane toward flaming, crying World Trade Center towers has caused a stir at a college art exhibit.

Alan Bennie, a student of the Edinburgh College of Art, titled his work about the Sept. 11 terror attacks "Mickey's Taliban Adventures."

One museum director has called the work "dreadful." The exhibitions coordinator at the Royal Scottish Academy defended it as "social and political comment."

The work, made of stuffed fabric, shows the Disney icon flying a toy plane near the leaning towers of the World Trade Center - depicted with eyes and eyebrows. One toppled building sheds a tear while another looks toward the airborne Mickey Mouse as he approaches in a plane.

"What a bland thought process - a work depicting Disney as the root of all the troubles of the world. How original. It sounds dreadful," Julian Spalding, art critic and former director of Glasgow's museums and galleries, told Glasgow's Sunday Herald newspaper.

But Colin Greenslade, the academy's exhibitions coordinator, said Friday the piece "is about making you think."

"I don't think it's a particularly shocking piece," he said. "The twin towers have become an icon, and everyone has their own feelings about it, whether they knew people who were involved or can just remember where they were when it happened." ^---

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Sickening!
1 posted on 02/20/2004 12:51:09 PM PST by areafiftyone
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To: areafiftyone
probably protected under scottish law.
2 posted on 02/20/2004 12:52:08 PM PST by bankwalker (Sow in the spring or beg in the fall.)
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To: areafiftyone
the piece "is about making you think."

It worked! I thought:

“What a dopey artist.”

3 posted on 02/20/2004 12:54:12 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: areafiftyone
Silly you don't you realize the painting is really about the demonic multinational corporate robberbarons devouring eachother unto death? I expect some trendy hollyweird type will buy this painting.
4 posted on 02/20/2004 12:54:19 PM PST by cyborg
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To: bankwalker
Obviously "not Proven" as Specter might say.
5 posted on 02/20/2004 12:56:25 PM PST by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: dead
re: What a dopey artist.

I saw an exhibit at the SFMOMA this week of a porcelain urinal on a pedestal as "art." What a load of crap, so to speak.
6 posted on 02/20/2004 12:57:49 PM PST by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: areafiftyone
"Thou shalt have no other gods before Me."

Not even art.

7 posted on 02/20/2004 1:18:04 PM PST by onedoug
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To: areafiftyone
Pretty stupid looking if you ask me


8 posted on 02/20/2004 1:19:20 PM PST by Lady Jag (It's in the bag)
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To: areafiftyone
"What a bland thought process - a work depicting Disney as the root of all the troubles of the world. How original. It sounds dreadful," Julian Spalding, art critic and former director of Glasgow's museums and galleries, told Glasgow's Sunday Herald newspaper.

This critic seems to have summed it up well.
9 posted on 02/20/2004 1:23:56 PM PST by Welsh Rabbit
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To: areafiftyone
My daughter is an art student and is considering studying in Edinburgh next spring. If they are training students this creatively challenged, then I'm not sure a talented, creative American has much place there.
10 posted on 02/20/2004 1:24:43 PM PST by twigs
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To: sciencediet
That's art? My 8 year old grandaughter is another Rembrandt if that's art!!

Thanks for the post and thanks for the laugh.
11 posted on 02/20/2004 1:39:59 PM PST by Mears
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To: dead
the families of > 3,000 victims are thinking about it, sh*thead.
12 posted on 02/20/2004 1:45:45 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Mears
If your 8 yo daughter sews, she'd be more creative than that.

I'm going to forward this to some of my artist friends and see what they think. I don't know what to think, the whole thing has me feeling disoriented.

13 posted on 02/20/2004 2:01:24 PM PST by Lady Jag (It's in the bag)
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