Now, Osama Bin Laden says cheers on a wine bottle label!

February 6th, 2009 - 2:54 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Feb 06 (ANI): An Australian winery has unveiled a new range of wines with labels featuring terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden.

Another label reproduces an image that surfaced from the torture scandal at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, of a hooded prisoner with electric wires attached to his hands.

Tasmania’’s Moorilla winery, owned by millionaire gambler David Walsh, at Berriedale in Hobart’’s northern suburbs, is the producer of the wines.

The images are taken from political graffiti from the streets of Hobart and Melbourne.

The stencil image of Bin Laden goes next to a graffiti message reading “all you need is love”.

Beneath the torture image are the words “Iraqi liberation”.

Previously, Moorilla has produced an erotic sex-and-death themed “Muse” wine series.

Moorilla winemaker Conor van der Reest said the temporary and contemporary nature of street art suited the drink-now ethos of the new “Praxis” wines.

“It’’s not a question of us trying to confront people. It’’s more a chronicling of stuff that’’s current, either in art or world events,” quoted Conor van der Reest, as saying.

Conor van der Reest said the reaction would be interesting.

“It’’s really hard to tell and I guess it always comes down to how does anybody react to any sort of art. I hope people will get the idea and look at the whole label,” he said.

“It would also be interesting to see how the US responded to both the Muse and Praxis labels when the company applied for export,” he added. (ANI)

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