Sculpture Honoring Saudi Arabia Placed in Most Horrifying Location Imaginable
A piece of sculpture resembling the Saudi Arabian flag has been erected at the former site of the World Trade Center, a stone’s throw away from the 9/11 memorial, leaving people shaking their heads.
Shaped to resemble a piece of candy, a nine-foot-tall statue honoring Saudi Arabia has become part of the larger “Candy Nations” installation which depicts G20 countries as sugary delights. The inscription on the “wrapper” being the kingdom’s green flag says, “There is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is the prophet.”
Recall that 15 of the 19 al-Qaeda hijackers responsible for 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia and the attack was at least partially funded by Saudi government officials.
The purpose of the statue is to celebrate “Saudi Arabia’s place in the G20 Summit.” And of every location the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which installed the sculpture, could have used, it chose the one that would be the most offensive to Americans.
It was created by French sculptor Laurence Jenkell who wanted to “celebrate mankind on an international level and pay tribute to People of the entire world.”
“Given the unique and justified sensitivities surrounding the World Trade Center, it came to my mind to propose to remove the sculpture showcasing the flag of Saudi Arabia, or relocate it to a less sensitive location. But there is no way I can do such a thing as the flag of Saudi Arabia is entirely part of the G20 just like any other candy flag of this Candy Nations show,” Jenkell told the Observer.
All 20 sculptures are currently on display outside the Oculus shopping center.
The installation was curated and installed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
“In its continuing efforts to transform the World Trade Center site into a dynamic space in Lower Manhattan, the Port Authority … will showcase famous candy sculptures around the World Trade Center campus crafted by renowned French artist Laurence Jenkell,” the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, wrote in a statement announcing the exhibit in December.
“Each of the sculptures features flags from countries in the G20 summit, and the art work was commissioned by companies and organizations including the Chanel Foundation, the International Olympic Committee and Coca-Cola.”
“This special art exhibit continues our ongoing efforts to provide a strong bond between the World Trade Center campus and the Lower Manhattan community, and advance our mission of making this campus a dynamic hub for creative, cultural and community activities,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton.
Although the installation was originally created in 2011 to convey “an optimistic message of unity beneath external differences,” its placement at the World Trade Center raises questions given longstanding accusations directed toward Saudi Arabia in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. In 2003, hundreds of families affected by the 9/11 terror attacks sued the Kingdom over its alleged involvement in harboring terrorism.
Last March, a U.S. federal judge rejected Saudi Arabia’s motion to drop the charges.
“It would be easy to ask what the people responsible were thinking, but clearly they weren’t. At least not about decorum or decency. Or America.Almost three thousand innocent lives were lost on that fateful day in 2001. Now, the country that bred the majority of their murderers is being celebrated close to where the victims are being memorialized,” the Western Journal said, expressing its outrage.
“Seriously… who approved this at the World Trade Center?” demanded New Yorker Michael Longo on Twitter.
What is wrong with this country!— Harry Stolberg (@doc4183) January 11, 2019
1 of 20 sculptures erected on the World Trade Center grounds. 1 it’s a nine-foot-tall statue honoring Saudi Arabia that is wrapped in the nation’s emerald flag bearing the Arabic inscription, “There is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is the prophet