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Stih & Frieder

Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the Berlin-based conceptual artists Renata Stih and Frieder Schnock suggested draping in black all of New York's buildings and monuments which had been designed by foreigners. They also suggested sending the Statue of Liberty back to France. "Suppose," Stih mused philosophically, "they refuse to accept it?"

[Stih and Frieder also protested Peter Eisenman's Holocaust memorial in Berlin (five acres of jutting stone slabs), suggesting the erection of an "anti-monument": a simple WWII-era bus shelter, complete with an authentic timetable outlining the regular stops -- including Nazi death camps.]

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