Egypt bans public art without state approval following botched amateur statues

Published September 9th, 2016 - 11:49 GMT
The evolution of Egyptian sculpture. (File photo)
The evolution of Egyptian sculpture. (File photo)

Egypt's prime minister banned all unauthorized public art after a string of amateurish statues and sculptures appeared around the country.

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail issued a decree after a statute of a soldier embracing his mother, entitled Mother of the Martyr, was met with disdain in Sohag, with some suggesting it was inappropriate. Sohag leaders launched an investigation into the artwork, which has since been reworked.

Last year, a statue of Nefertiti was ridiculed on social media for its perceived resemblance to Frankenstein.

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