An Adelaide Catholic school has had to cover up a new statue for obvious reasons.
The religious statue was, hmmm, erected at Blackfriars Priory School last week.
It depicts St Martin de Porres handing a boy a loaf of bread from within his cloak at about waist height.
Oh boy, this won’t end well, will it?
Minimal imagination is required to see what’s wrong here, but somehow the school and sculptor totally missed it.
It didn’t take long for students to take notice of the unintentionally erotic design of the statue and after they started sharing pics of it, the school had no choice but to cover it.
As an extra measure, the statue was cordoned off, lest anyone be tempted to remove the cloth. It now looks pretty metal:
In a statement on Facebook, the school’s principal, Simon Cobiac said that the statue was sculpted in Vietnam by the same person who created a statue for the front lawn of the school.
“The sculpture is a famous depiction of the tireless work of St Martin de Porres, a Dominican brother, for the poor and downtrodden of the 16th Century,” Cobiac 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.”
In the comments, a minority of users say there is nothing wrong with the statue while others wonder why it was made in Vietnam.
It’s your typical Aussie Facebook comments section with lots of arguing, plenty of “haha” and a dash of racism. Thanks for connecting the world, Zuckerberg.
Pictures and memes of the statue have popped up on ShitAdelaide, an Instagram account that promises to deliver Adelaide “without the filters”.
It’s also doing the rounds on Twitter, with one user noting statue and the subsequent coverup may be a pretty good metaphor for the church’s treatment of all those priest scandals.
After being deemed “potentially suggestive”, the school is asking for a re-design. Good idea.