PT Hasana Damai Putra, the developer of Kota Harapan Indah residential complex, said Monday they would keep the recently dismantled Tiga Mojang (Three Ladies) statue in Bekasi before completing discussion about the future of the 17-meter-high statue.
“We will keep the statue in our office until we have reached an agreement whether we would sell the statue or just moveÂ it to another place,” Fredy Yanto, the company’s operational director told The Jakarta Post.
On Saturday, the Bekasi municipal administration decided to tear down the statue, which resembles three ladies standing with West Java traditional clothes, following a series of protest from local hard-line Islamic groups which have considered the statue as obscene as well as symbolizing the Christian’s Trinity concept.
Fredy also denied reports saying that the Bali Governor had bought the statue.
“We never received such an offer [from the governor],” he said.
The creator of the statue, noted sculptor Nyoman Nuarta, had earlier suggested the company put the statue together with his ongoing Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue project in Bali.
Fredy also said some art collectors overseas had shown their interest in buying the Rp 5 billion (US$550,000) statue.