Bizarre Nativity puts fear of god into locals

3rd December 2004, Comments 0 comments

3 December 2004, BARCELONA –Instead of the customary figures of Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus, Barcelona city council has opted for a more modern version of the traditional Christmas stable scene.

3 December 2004

BARCELONA –Instead of the customary figures of Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus, Barcelona city council has opted for a more modern version of the traditional Christmas stable scene.

Authorities in the Catalan capital chose the version dreamed up by art students which features a businessman on a mobile, a delivery man with a gas bottle and a blind man.

In place of the life-size statues favoured in Barcelona, these are cardboard cut-outs.

They are surrounded by green vegetation taken from one of the city's biggest parks, the Parc Ciutadella.

This green backdrop, instead of the stable with animals, shepherds, the miller and the woodcutter, was said by the students behind the display to be "more emblematic of the city".

The central figures of the Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus get a look-in – but only as silhouettes.

However, their faces seem disfigured – as they have been taken from photographs of terracotta figures from the city's Museu Etnologic.

The woodcutter and miller – replaced by be-suited executive and delivery man - are played by the same model.

The avant-garde version of the Christmas scene has not gone down well.

Barcelona mayor Joan Clos called it "provocative", while opposition Popular Party politician Alberto Fernandez Diaz labelled it "naff".

One visitor said it was "scary" and they would not be bringing their children.

How much the display cost the council has not been disclosed.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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