Maldives police razed a near 30-sculpture-strong semi-submerged gallery posing a threat to “Islamic unity”, Global Construction Review reported.
A court had earlier given Sirru Sun Fushi resort a deadline to remove the “idols”. The court ruled the display threatened “Islamic unity and the peace and interests of the Maldivian state” and deemed its removal necessary to “protect Sharia”. The tourism ministry said the Coralarium had been built in violation of permission granted to the resort.
British artist DeCaires Taylor, who conceived the gallery, said: “I was extremely shocked and heartbroken to learn that my sculptures have been destroyed by Maldivian authorities. Authorities only removed the “idols”. The Coralarium’s metal cage remain intact.
This story originally appeared in the Global Construction Review.