- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - An artist’s efforts to find a new venue for his ArtPrize entry after it was rejected from its place at a Michigan city hall have fallen short.

The Grand Rapids Press reports (https://bit.ly/1L7RwBd ) Atlanta-based Nabil Mousa wasn’t able to find a new venue prior to a Wednesday deadline for the annual arts event in Grand Rapids.

Mousa’s installation is called “Paradise Built on the Bones of the Slaughtered.” It’s a set of three welded towers that has ashes of the Bible, Quran and Torah. The work was accepted on behalf of the city, but was later rejected by an arts committee.

The Syrian-American artist says the installation isn’t expressing anger against religion, but rather it’s a statement of how people of different religions sometimes don’t apply teachings in daily life.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, https://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

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