ArtPrize artist looks for new home after rejection

Grand Rapids — – An artist participating in the ArtPrize competition is looking for a new venue for his entry after it was rejected from its place in Grand Rapids City Hall.

Atlanta-based Nabil 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 by City Hall’s ArtPrize curator, but it was later rejected by the city’s Arts Advisory Committee.

Mousa tells the Grand Rapids Press that he learned City Hall rejected his piece on Sept. 11. He 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.

Mousa has until Wednesday to find a venue participating in ArtPrize.