En Holanda, han encargado a un artista marroquí una estatua para celebrar los 500 años del nacimiento de Calvino. Este ha propuesto un cubo de cristal de cuatro metros de arista, que ha llamado «La Meca de Calvino» (Dutch Protestant Founder Given an Islamic Makeover.):
DORDRECHT, 11/06/09 – There is opposition in Dordrecht to a sculpture that should be unveiled in July to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin, the founder of the protestant church in the Netherlands. The art work creates a link between Calvin and Islam, Reformatorisch Dagblad newspaper reported yesterday.
«Het Mekka van Calvijn» (Calvin’s Mecca) is the name of the work created by the Moroccan artist Aziz Bekkaoui. It is a cube measuring 4 by 4 by 4 metres, consisting entirely of reflective glass. The cube apparently refers to the Kaaba, the sacred central building in the courtyard of the Great Mosque in the Islamic place of pilgrimage, Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
The controversial sculpture is intended for Het Hof, the square beside the historic Augustijnenkerk, in the centre of Dordrecht. Gert de Boon, verger of the church, submitted an objection to the artwork to the local authority yesterday. «Calvin had nothing to do with Mecca, and certainly not with Islam. I consider it provocative that this piece of work lays a link between them.»
Muslims as well as Christians will be offended by the artwork, Boon claimed. «Mecca is the sacred place for Muslims. They will not be very happy either to see their Mecca used in this way.»
10 July 2009 is the 500th anniversary of Calvin’s birth. His significance for the Dutch church was so great that Dutch culture is still under his influence today. Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said in a speech only last week that he is a Calvinist.
Boon hopes that a «wide protest» will develop, from politicians as well. «The councillors for the Christian Democrats (CDA), progressive Christian party ChristenUnie and orthodox Christian party SGP are now aware of the matter. I hope they will take action.»
Director Gerrit Willems of the visual art centre CBK in Dordrecht was surprised. «The artwork has been made into a religious statement, but this was not the intention at all. The artist wishes to emphasise that values such as soberness, self-reflection, hard work and care for others are not exclusive to Calvinism, but also exist in other religions, such as Islam.»
The work of art was to be unveiled on Friday, but this has been postponed, formally because the permit has not yet been finalised. The ceremony is now planned for 17 July.
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