This spring there was an installation by the Syrian German artist Manaf Halbouni constructed in front of the Frauenkirche in Dresden. The artwork was a reach the end of something that actually happened in Syria during the Civil War. Three buses were raised vertically on their ends to protect civilians against sniper fire in Aleppo.
The reason why the location of this artwork is important is because Dresden was also a city that was torn apart by war. The artwork was installed just a week before the 72nd anniversary of the Allied air raid on Dresden in 1945 which basically destroyed the entire center of the city.
The Dresden bombing is a really big part of the history here, and many people try to remember the lives that were lost. Numbers vary, but some estimates say that 25,000 people were killed on that one day.
It is also, unfortunately, a day that neo-Nazis parade down the streets of the city.
So, of course, this artwork ended up being a source of great controversy. Many Pegida supporters were against the artwork, called it scrap metal, and threatened government officials because of it.
Personally, I think that it was a good way to show the similarities between the two cities and to try to create a connection between them.
What do you think?