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The UN's ‘Room XX' Features Multicolored Stalactites

 - Dec 20, 2008
References: miquelbarcelo.org & designboom
The Spanish government recently unveiled to the world a new and extensive art installation called ‘Room XX’ that adorns the ceiling of the UN’s Palace of Nations in Geneva.

The beautiful multicolored dripping landscape of the ceiling is made by Spanish painter Miquel Barceló. There has been much controversy over this piece of artwork, mostly concerning how much the artist was paid for his work and how the funds for that commission were obtained.

The scale of ‘Room XX’ is astounding. The installation took 13 months to complete, and the plaster and paint covers 4,600 square feet.

I think it is a shame that the artistic work seems to be overshadowed by the artist’s paycheck. He must have bent his back like a banana for over a year. Give the man a break, please.