A Catholic school has been forced to cover up a ‘potentially suggestive’ statue of a saint giving a boy a loaf of bread.
Blackfriars Priory school in Adelaide, Australia, has thrown a black shroud over the sculpture of St Martin de Porres just weeks after it was unveiled.
The statue depicts the saint handing a boy a stick of bread, but the positioning of the loaf led to complaints.
Blackfriars Priory School forced to cover up a brand new statue after its unfortunate design of a kneeling boy and a saint caused a social media storm. Report in 7 News at 4pm and 6pm. #7News pic.twitter.com/BiELvib2df
— 7 News Adelaide (@7NewsAdelaide) November 22, 2017
The statue, originally produced by a sculptor in Vietnam, will now be remodelled.
The school’s principal, Simon Cobiac, said the plans for the statue had been approved in May.
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‘But upon arrival the three-dimensional statue was deemed by the executive to be potentially suggestive,’ he said.
‘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.’
AN ADELAIDE CATHOLIC SCHOOL HAD TO COVER UP THIS STATUE OF A SAINT HANDING SOME BREAD TO A YOUNG BOY I WILL GIVE YOU 1 GUESS AS TO WHY pic.twitter.com/yMP691YZbX
— mat whitehead (@matwhi) November 22, 2017
St Martin de Porres was known for helping the poor in Peru in the 16th century.
Locals took to an Adelaide Instagram page to complain about the statue.
One said: ‘Like who the hell designed, approved and erected it and no one thought about it?’
Another asked: ‘Was there seriously no one that looked at this before it was installed?’
However, one user commented: ‘He’s just giving the boy some bread.’