Foreign Aid Money Spent on $23 Million Art Ceiling at U.N. Human Rights Council

The U.N. Human Rights Council, frequently accused of coddling some of the world’s most repressive governments, threw itself a party in Geneva Tuesday that featured the unveiling of a $23 million mural paid for in part with foreign aid funds.

In a ceremony attended by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Spanish artist Miquel Barcelo told the press that his 16,000-square-foot ceiling artwork reminded him of “an image of the world dripping toward the sky” — but it reminded critics of money slipping out of relief coffers.

“In Spain there’s a controversy because they took money out of the foreign aid budget — took money from starving children in Africa — and spent it on colorful stalactites,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of U.N. Watch.,2933,454191,00.html,2933,454191,00.html

So is this the anti-church’s Sistine chapel?

But hey, at least the money wasn’t used to fund abortions in developing nations.

Based on the photos, I imagine that’s what it would look like if I tried to put up a textured paint to my ceiling. I just can’t believe something like that cost $23 million!! The world economy is in the crapper right now, but it’s good to know that those with the money aren’t affected too badly.

I wonder how many starving children they should have fed and housed with the money they spent.

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