Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Birders Cock-Up?

Never let it be said that Another Bird Blog doesn’t offer a variety of stories. We continue the rule of thumb today with a story about Modern Art in the Serbian town of Kikinda,  a samll town that is home to the planet's largest roosting population of Long-eared Owls. Between early November and mid-March, hundreds roost each day in the town square. 

Long-eared Owl - LEOs of Poland.

Reuters - November 2018 - “Phallic owl statue in Serbian town of Kikinda sparks complaints.” 

“A statue designed to brand Kikinda in Serbia as the city of owls is attracting attention for a different reason: its "phallic" shape. Critics of the recently erected 2.4 metre statue have called for its removal, claiming it is obscene. 

"This doesn't look like an owl. God save me, whoever approved this has no eyes," one person wrote on a Facebook post announcing the terra-cotta statue's unveiling. 

"Freud could say something about this statue, it looks so much like a phallus," another said. 

"Now everyone will ridicule Kikinda," another Facebook post read. 

"This statue represents something very masculine, but not an owl," said a post on Twitter. 

The statue did please some, however. "Come on people, I love art and I think the statue is really nice," one Facebook user said. 

Local sculptor Jovan Blat, who made the statue told Serbian newspaper Vecernje Novosti that he had intended to create a "stylized sculpture" with an "elongated, tubular body. It is clear that everyone does not understand contemporary art." 

Given the reaction to the statue, however, Blat said he would be prepared to make a replacement statue. 

However, Zeljiko Bodrozic, editor-in-chief of a local newspaper, said the existing owl statue should stay. "With all the hype swirling around it... in a way it also becomes a symbol of our city."  Local authorities declined to comment. 

Dragan Simic, a keen bird watcher, also has no issue with the statue. "Kikinda is now famous for its owls... across Europe, even around the world... the bird watchers are very active, numerous and loyal tourists." 

Kikinda - Serbia

Me? I couldn't possibly comment. But Dear Reader, feel free to add your point of view below.

Linking this post to Stewart's World Bird Wednesday.



10 comments:

Chris Rohrer said...

LOL!!!! Yes. I mean....I can kind of see the owl....but if you weren't a birder, it would look very much like something else:)

David Gascoigne said...

Right now I am dickering what to write about this erect statue. Does it perhaps commemorate a sextet of owls? Perhaps even a congress of them. Obviously Long-eared is not their only attribute. Maybe it isn’t really intended for the owls but one of the fine burghers of the town who might have had that difficult operation, addadictomy. I could go on but I had better not. It might be wise to sign in anonymously!

Rhodesia said...

It is way peoples minds work LOL I think it looks like an owl 😉 keep well Diane

Mike Attwood said...

I think its a bit of a howl.

Anu said...

Hello Phil! Great post!
This owl is familiar to me. The young Asio otus have a heartbreaking voice when it call it’s mother…

Rhodesia said...

Love your header shot, 'ours' is still around :-) Diane

Stuart Price said...

It does look a little naughty..........

Jenn Jilks said...

That really is funny!

Angie said...

Phil - you never fail to entertain!!! A 'cock-up', indeed! I think if you know it's an owl … but if not ...

Lowcarb team member said...

LOL!
I did like Mikes comment "I think its a bit of a howl."

All the best Jan

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