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15|09|06
Demeure du Chaos

Locals object to the Demeure du Chaos, with its swimming pool of blood, as they claim it has blighted the village
Photo © abodeofchaos.org

An Internet millionaire who turned his 17th-century coaching inn into a ‘theatre of war’ art exhibition is to be taken to France’s highest court by his local mayor.

Thierry Ehrmann had transformed his country retreat into the Demeure du Chaos (Abode of Chaos), a 2.5 acre art work adorned with a crashed aircraft, a swimming pool of blood and portraits of Tony Blair and Osama bin Laden.

Pierre Dumont, Mayor of Saint-Romain-au-Mont-d’Or, is enraged by the project which he says has blighted the village. He intends to take appeal the case after Lyons judges ruled that it should remain standing.

« It stuns me and sickens me, » Mr Dumont told ‘The Times’. « The law is obviously not the same for everyone. »

Mr Ehrmann’s celebration of the apocalypse, was inspired by his experiences in the Middle East and by the events of September 11, 2001. But residents are offended by its charred walls, twisted metal, burnt-out cars and battlefield debris. A mock oil platform sits on one roof amid camouflage netting. The garden includes a sculpture re-creating the remains of the World Trade Centre.

However, there is some support at central government level for the project with officials considering having the Demeure listed as a recognised art work.

copyright ©2006 LGIB
Local Government International Bureau
The LGIB is the European and international arm of the Local Government Association.

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