The city blandly claims the sculpture’s removal was simply to create more space, but critics believe there to be an ulterior motive. Local authorities in the German city of Dresden have ordered the removal of a bronze sculpture depicting a naked woman from the vicinity outside a new asylum shelter, with critics claiming they have done so over fears the new arrivals would find the statue offensive.
The removal of Die Sinnende (The Sinner) sculpture took place ahead of the first of 140 migrants moving into the expensive all-inclusive accommodation on Friday. The facility is expected to eventually house 280 migrants in total. The city has taken over the building on a 10-year lease for an eye-watering €432,000 a year. ‘We are housing only men here — from Afghanistan, Syria, and Venezuela,’ said Dresden’s construction mayor Stephan Kühn (Greens).
‘The Sinnende has left its usual place and is now situated in the courtyard of a large office complex,’ a council spokeswoman told a German newspaper. She claimed the local authority had simply wanted to create more space in the entrance area, but this narrative has been disputed.
Holger Zastrow, the chairman of the FDP parliamentary group in the Saxony parliament who represents the same party as Dresden city mayor, Dirk Hilbert, claimed this reasoning was false.
‘Art is banished from public space to the backyard because of assumed sensitivities. This is not acceptable. I demand of the administration that the sculpture be returned to its ancestral place,’ he added.
Religious sensitivities (except Christian sensitivities) in relation to new arrivals in Germany are causing friction in a number of cities across the country, including the capital of Berlin this week after an asylum shelter expected to house 650 migrants opened opposite the infamously sordid Gallery gay bar.
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