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Oracle on Dam brings Hitler salute
The so-called Oracle, the eight-foot high mechanical sculpture by artist Joep van Lieshout, Monday was a nasty blemish on an otherwise successful Liberation Day in Amsterdam. A few meters from the National Monument showed the picture three times the loaded Hitler salute “Sieg Heil” blaring over the Dam.
Citizens could send a text to a special number by SMS. During the day the oracle spoke these messages then fortified. Van Lieshout made the artwork on the invitation of the Amsterdam 4 and 5 May Committee,
On its website, the organization that writes the image, touches on the themes of May 5, such as freedom of speech and the fact that people do not always formulate their own thoughts, but sometimes uncritically taking over another. “