New street fresco in Brussels – The city administration will only cover or remove it in case it causes disorder – Y.Mayeur
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    New street fresco in Brussels – The city administration will only cover or remove it in case it causes disorder – Y.Mayeur

    Huge new fresco in the city centre makes reference to Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac but has given rise to some controversy.
    Huge new fresco in the city centre makes reference to Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac but has given rise to some controversy.

    The city of Brussels will not intervene to cover or remove a fresco that has caused some controversy and deemed violent by some Brussels citizens. Brussels Mayor Yvan Mayeur announced on Sunday that city officials will only intervene if the fresco will cause tensions between different communities.

    The fresco is placed on the wall of a building close to Port de Flandre, along Brussels canal. There is a depiction of a hand with a knife, ready to cut the throat of a young person, but the hand is held back by another hand.

    “The artistic character reference of the fresco is incontestable, just as the famous Italian artist Caravaggio, it refers to Abrahams attempted sacrifice of his son Isaac, commented the Brussels Mayor. “However this large fresco could be misinterpreted. Therefore if it will cause tensions, we will ask to have it covered or erased”, added Yvan Mayeur.

    Lars Andersen
    The Brussels Times