European Union

Artwork Worthy of the E.U.

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A new sculpture installed this past week in Brussels at the headquarters of the European Council, according to the New York Times, was meant to "symbolize the glory of a unified Europe by reflecting something special about each country in the European Union." Well, the sculpture, Entropa, does indeed depict "something special" about each E.U. member state.

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As the Times reports:

Here is Bulgaria, represented as a series of crude, hole-in-the-floor toilets. Here is the Netherlands, subsumed by floods, with only a few minarets peeping out from the water. Luxembourg is depicted as a tiny lump of gold marked by a "for sale" sign, while five Lithuanian soldiers are apparently urinating on Russia.

France? On strike.

The 172-square-foot, eight-ton installation, titled "Entropa," consists of a sort of puzzle formed by the geographical shapes of European countries.

Enjoy some of the close ups below:

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Truly a masterpiece worthy of one of most humorless, intrusive, convoluted governance systems ever devised. To call the E.U. bureaucracy "Byzantine" would be a slur on that defunct empire. 

Whole Times article here