A Catholic school were forced to cover a new statue of a saint give a child bread this week. Why? Because it looked like he was giving him something else, to be quite honest.
The monument of Saint Martin de Porres was erected outside Blackfriars Priory School in Adelaide last week. And it gained a lot of attention. Unfortunately for staff, the design was uploaded onto social media too – and it sparked quite the debate.
According to news.co.au, they were forced to cover up the statue with a black sheet after the image went viral. In a statement on Facebook, Principal Simon Cobiac said that the monument was designed by a sculptor in Vietnam.
He added that when he saw it in 2D, it didn’t look suggestive. He said: ‘The two-dimensional concept plans for the statue were viewed and approved by the executive team in May but upon arrival the three-dimensional statue was deemed by the executive to be potentially suggestive. ‘As a consequence, the statue was immediately covered and a local sculptor has been commissioned to re-design it. ‘The school apologises for any concerns and publicity generated by this matter and is taking action to substantially alter the statue.’