Maldives art installation demolished for being ‘anti-Islam’ by Maldives Gov.
The artist behind an underwater art gallery in the Maldives has described his shock after his newly installed exhibit was demolished for being “anti-Islam”.
The police deemed the artwork ”human form” sculptures, the depiction of which is discouraged under Islamic law.
The sculptures were commissioned by the luxury Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi resort, owned by the Accor hotel group, and were unveiled in July this year. They formed part of the underwater art gallery, which was open to resort guests for tours.
According to the hotel, the Coralarium “illustrates the connectivity of man with nature, a hybrid organic form in harmony with its surroundings, a seamless link between the land and the ocean, combining two disparate wonders, one created by man and one designed by nature”.