Published: Wed, November 22, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

This Adelaide Catholic School Has Now Tried To Explain Its Controversial Statue

This Adelaide Catholic School Has Now Tried To Explain Its Controversial Statue

An Australian Catholic school was forced to cover up a "suggestive" statue - of a saint handing a young boy bread.

Social media users were quick to insert their thoughts on the school's seemingly "suggestive" statue, which many took the opportunity to poke fun at Blackfriars for, as a result.

Blackfriars Priory School, a Catholic school in Adelaide, had chose to commission a statue of St Martin de Porres, a Dominican brother known for helping the down and out of the 16th century.

However, the unfortunate placement of the bread raised other connotations with the school apologising for any concerns the design may have caused.

"The statue was immediately covered and a local sculptor has been commissioned to re-design it".

Pictures of the statue have been shared on social media on the ShitAdelaide Instagram page, attracting more than 1500 likes and more than 90 comments.

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It was only after the finished piece arrived that it was deemed "potentially suggestive" by the school's executive committee.

Well, the statue-removal craze made its way to Adelaide as a result, sparking both a meme craze on Instagram and a black cloth draped over it to fend off lewd impressions.

School executives only recognized its risqué nature after it arrived and chose to cover it with a black tarp until a local artist "substantially" alters it, Cobiac wrote.

He said the statue was constructed in Vietnam by a sculptor who had done previous work for the school, and that "two-dimensional concept plans" for the statue were approved in May by the school's Executive group.

In a letter to parents the school has acknowledged that the statue could be interpreted as St Martin exposing himself to the child.

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