Ugly sculpture

A SCULPTURE in north eastern China that took two years to build and cost around 185,000 euros was dismantled days before its unveiling because a senior government official disliked the colour.

Fly, a show-piece installation at the airport in China’s northern city of Tianjin, was taken down after a local vice-mayor took a dislike to it while touring the terminal three weeks before its opening, a report posted on the official China Central Television (CCTV) Web site said.

The airport sent text messages and emails ordering local media not to report on the dismantling of the installation. However, the incident received coverage in an investigative report carried by CCTV.