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Controversial Modern Art – Device to Root Out Evil

No, this picture isn't upside down. “Device to Root Out Evil” was designed by American artist Dennis Oppenheim, and is a sculpture of what looks to be an upside-down church. The steeple, usually piercing the sky in its lunge toward heaven, is now at ground level, pursuing with vigor, the demons of the deep. “A country church is seen balancing on its steeple, as if it had been lifted by a terrific force and brought to the site as a device or method of rooting out evil forces,” Oppenheim says. The sculpture is currently being displayed at Calgary's Glenbow Museum. Dennis was born in Electric City, Washington, trained in California and now works in New York. His work has been shown at the Tate Gallery in London, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Olympic Park in South Korea. Dennis Oppenheim's website Glenbow Museum website

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