Swedish artist Lars Vilks, hiding in an undisclosed location after drawing threats for his cartoon of a dog with the head of Mohammad, says he did it to stir debate:
Showing the original picture at a debate in the Swedish capital, Lars Vilks said he had wanted to test the boundaries of freedom in art.
“It was a project for the art world,” Vilks said.
“I noticed that you can’t criticize the Muslim world.”
As Muslim governments protest the drawing, fictional terrorists put bounties on Vilks head, and new “cartoon riots” could be brewing, he admits, he didn’t expect so much fuss. “You can make jokes about religion, especially if you don’t have any unpleasant motives,” he said.