Brussels art installation forced to close
An art installation in a Brussels shop window has been forced to shut down early because of the violently negative reaction it provoked in some passers-by.
Mehdi Lahlou-Georges’ exhibit took up the whole of the shop floor with an array of Muslim prayer mats. Each mat had a pair of men’s shoes next to it, except one which was occupied by a spot-lit pair of stilettos.
The shop window had stones thrown at it and was spat at before it was boarded up by the owners. Although the religion of the vandals is not known for sure, the artist seems to have his suspicions: he says that the Muslim community did not understand the message of his work.
He is apparently unaware that there is a significant portion of the Muslim community which takes pious delight in claiming offence at any given opportunity.
(Hat tip: Islam in Europe)