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Pakistan: Satanic-looking statue removed from museum after complaints it is too scary

21 January 2019
Backlash over a huge, satanic-looking sculpture at a museum has made its way to the Lahore High Court, which is hearing a petition to have it removed.
Irbaatul Hassan’s artwork outside Lahore Museum / University of the Punjab Facebook

 

The Lahore High Court in Pakistan is hearing a petition to remove a huge “sculpture of Satan” that is frightening children outside the Lahore Museum, Daily Pakistan reported.

“This sculpture has nothing to do with our culture whereas the purpose of a museum is to preserve our history and culture,” Ambreen Qureshi, the petitioner, told Justice Muhammad Farrukh Irfan at the 17 January 2019 hearing.

The Justice reportedly said “to control Satan is the responsibility of us all”, and asked the Punjab chief secretary and the Lahore Museum director to reply to the petition within a week.

Another milestone achieved by a student of #CollegeofArtsandDesign , University of the Punjab. A gigantic statue placed…

Posted by University of the Punjab on Friday, January 11, 2019

 

The 20-foot-high, animal-man hybrid sculpture by Irtbaatul Hassan, a student at Punjab University of Arts and Design, was placed on the grounds of Lahore Museum on 11 January as part of an outdoor statue exhibition.

Hassan’s sculpture was intended to highlight the differences between man and animals, which are incapable of self-reflection, according to The News on Sunday.

The controversial sculpture has already been covered up with cloth and taken away, it said.

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