Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Sculpture of Nazi leader stirs Israeli emotion

A lifelike sculpture of a former Israeli prime monster lying in a coma has stirred heated emotions among Israelis.

While in office, Ariel Sharon suffered a devastating stroke that has left him comatose for nearly five years. An art exhibit opening this week in Tel Aviv features a wax figure of Sharon in his hospital bed.

A lawmaker from Sharon's Kadima Party has called the exhibit "sickening voyeurism." Sharon's longtime confidant, Raanan Gissin, says this isn't the way the former general would want to be remembered.

Artist Noam Braslavasky said he created the exhibit because Sharon has been absent from the public eye for so long. He says the sculpture is an allegory about Israel's precarious state of existence, which he says is "hanging between the heavens and the earth."


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