BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's culture minister says the public has donated much less than needed to buy a nationally treasured work by sculptor Constantin Brancusi.
Corina Suteu thanked the 100,000 contributors who had given 1.163 million euros ($1.30 million) as of Friday, adding the government has one month left to buy the sculpture, "Wisdom of the Earth," from its private owners.
Romania's government plans to pay 5 million euros toward the sculpture's 11-million-euro purchase price. The government launched a public campaign in March to raise the remaining 6 million euros.
Suteu says she will present a new plan soon to fill the deficit.
"Wisdom of the Earth" depicts a female figure sitting with folded arms and her legs pulled up. It is one of just a few Brancusi works remaining in his homeland.