Russian Artist Plans to Project Sculpture Filled with Blood on UK Cathedral in Response to Prince Harry’s Controversial Remarks
Blood Sculpture Protest
After Prince Harry faced criticism for revealing he killed 25 Taliban fighters who he viewed as “chess pieces”, Russian artist Andrei Molodkin says he will project a sculpture featuring blood donated by Afghans on to the cathedral, along with footage of the Duke of Sussex.
Human blood is set to “drench” one of the UK’s most famous landmarks in a protest over Prince Harry’s controversial remarks about the number of people he killed in Afghanistan.
Russian Artist’s Response
Russian artist Andrei Molodkin says he will project a sculpture featuring blood donated by Afghans on to St Paul’s Cathedral in the coming days, along with footage of the Duke of Sussex.
Prince Harry’s Revelation
It comes after Harry faced criticism for revealing in his memoir that he killed 25 Taliban fighters while serving in Afghanistan, writing that it was “not a number that fills me with satisfaction, but nor does it embarrass me”. The prince also admitted that he did not think of those he killed as “people”, but instead as “chess pieces” that had been taken off the board.
Molodkin told Sky News that Harry’s remarks had made him “very, very angry” and the idea of his project “is to drench St Paul’s Cathedral in the blood of Afghani people”. He said, “They read they are just ‘chess figures’… for some prince hunting by helicopter,” and “How he told it, for him it’s like a computer game.”
Molodkin said four Afghans in Calais had already given blood for the sculpture, and another five Afghans in the UK will donate when the stunt is carried out before the end of March. He said about 1,250ml of blood will be used for the artwork after being taken from donors, kept in a fridge, and then “pumped” into the sculpture of the royal coat of arms.
Projection on St. Paul’s Cathedral
Explaining how the project will work, he said: “Blood will go in the royal coat of arms, it will circulate in there. It will be projected… on to St Paul’s Cathedral – so all the cathedral will be in the blood of Afghani people.”
Prince Harry Feature
Moldokin said a video featuring Prince Harry will also be projected on to the cathedral.
Permission Not Sought
Molodkin said he will attempt to take the Afghans’ blood inside the cathedral – where Harry’s parents, King Charles and Diana, were married – but he has not approached St Paul’s to seek permission. He said, “I think in the church, you can give the blood… it’s a cathedral – it’s for everyone.”
Molodkin, who used to serve in the Soviet Union’s army, said he explained to all the Afghan donors why they were giving blood. He has “worked with human blood for 15 years” and the sculptures he creates “represent the symbol of power”. He added, “Then the people who are abused by this power, I ask them to donate blood for this”.
Prince Harry’s Defence
Harry’s comments in his book prompted criticism from senior military figures, with Admiral Lord West reportedly calling the prince “very stupid” and warning he had increased the risk of threat against the Invictus Games. Taliban officials called for Harry to be put on trial, with a senior leader in the group saying the militants he killed were “not chess pieces, they were humans”.
In response to the criticism, Harry told Late Show host Stephen Colbert it was a “dangerous lie” to say he had “somehow boasted” about the number of people he killed in Afghanistan. The duke carried out two tours in Afghanistan during his time in the military, including one tour between 2012 and 2013 when he served as an Apache attack helicopter co-pilot gunner.
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