15 Jan '11, 12am

Urinating policewoman art raises hackles in Germany

The work, titled 'Petra', was awarded a prize by the Leinemann foundation for fine arts. -- PHOTO: AFP BERLIN - A PRIZE-WINNING life-like sculpture of a squatting policewoman urinating has whipped up a storm of protest in Germany, where it went on prominent display last week. The work entitled 'Petra' by 27-year-old German sculptor Marcel Walldorf is made of silicone and metal and has pitted public officials against art world aficionados in the debate over what is acceptable in the name of high culture. It depicts a young female police officer in full riot gear crouching to pee, with exposed buttocks and a small gelatin 'puddle' affixed to the floor of the gallery at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden, eastern Germany. The work entitled 'Petra' was completed one year ago and has captured a 1,000 euro (S$1,723) prize by the prestigious Leinemann Foundation for fine arts. '...

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