Christoph Büchel, a Swiss artist, has been collecting an anti-modern art petition at a stall next to the [upside down helicopter] artwork since it was installed during the Kontracom modern art festival in the summer.I just wish that Mr. "Training Ground for Democracy" had chosen an venue that could afford his "statements." Lord knows that MoCA and North Adams are not in a position to absorb his $300K snit.
He declared the pieces of modern art around the city "a blight on our cultural heritage".
2,000 signatures were collected, which is enough to trigger a referendum in the city. He handed the petition to the mayor in October, accompanied by local media reviews scathing the festival.
103,000 residents now have the chance to vote on a ban of modern art in public places until Saturday. Local authorities are now faced with the 40,000 Euro cost of running the referendum.
The mayor of Salzburg, Heinz Schaden (SPÖ) is not amused, saying that: "I personally won't be going to vote as I think this is all a load of rubbish."
He said that he would pass on the costs to the organisers of the festival, labelled by local FPÖ politicians as "crap". He said: "After that I don't want to hear from the festival ever again."