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Surprise Art in Palma

You're strolling about in Palma, browsing the shops, making a note of good restaurants for the evening

You're strolling about in Palma, browsing the shops, making a note of good restaurants for the evening and you turn a corner and Bam! there's an upside-down church sticking out of the ground!

Don't worry, it's not the aftermath of a Kansas whirlwind, it's supposed to be there. Protruding out of the ground in Palma's Plaza de la Puerta de Santa Catalina, it's the work of the American
sculptor Dennis Oppenheim, a pioneer of the 'Land Art' movement, who had strong links with Palma until his death in 2011.

The work, commonly known as The Inverted Church, is correctly titled 'Device to Root Out Evil' and is a copy of the original which was made for the Venice Biennial art exhibition in the 1990's and
has subsequently moved on through the States and Canada.

Knowing the title it's possible to see the symbolism in the work with the church spire burrowing into the ground and many people have found it a little too controversial. What do you think?

If you're on your way to the Es Baluard modern art museum nearby, take a look at the upside-down church and make sure you have your photo taken by it!