AP, 11/16/07 - An Austrian anti-pornography activist wants officials in the
Alpine city of Innsbruck to take down a large crucifix bearing a sculpture of a
naked Jesus Christ.
Martin Humer, who gained notoriety last year after he painted part of a statue of a nude Mozart and stuck feathers on it, is pressuring authorities to remove the crucifix from a public square where it has been displayed for 20 years, public broadcaster ORF reported on Thursday.
Humer, an 82-year-old former photographer, said he and about 100 supporters were organising a protest for Friday.
Innsbruck Mayor Hilde Zach dismissed the fuss and said she would refuse to remove the crucifix, insisting it is a work of art and is in no way pornographic.
In March 2006, the public prosecutor's office in Salzburg charged Humer and an accomplice with vandalism for defacing the "Homage to Mozart" statue with red and green enamel and covering it with white feathers.
Nude 'Pornographic' Mozart Sculpture Vandalized
AP, 3/29/06 - Salzburg, Austria - Two men who defaced an avant-garde sculpture of Mozart because they considered it pornographic will be tried on vandalism charges, authorities said Tuesday.
Officials identified one of the men as Martin Humer, 80, a former photographer who has gained notoriety in Austria as a self-proclaimed "porn hunter." Police identified the other man as a 79-year-old.
The public prosecutor's office in Salzburg, where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born, said the pair painted part of the "Homage to Mozart" sculpture with red-and-green enamel and stuck white feathers on it last August.
The sculpture, which depicts Mozart in the nude, "has nothing to do with art and is a kind of pornography," Humer told reporters.
Austria is holding a yearlong celebration to mark the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth.
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