Monday, 18 November, 2019


Blackfriars Covers Up "Potentially Suggestive" School Statue After Social Media Storm

Source Instagram The statue pre-covering. Source Instagram
Bennie Garza | 22 November, 2017, 15:23

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.

The school commissioned the statute of St Dominic which features the saint holding out a loaf of bread - which seemingly came from under his cloak - to a boy kneeling in front of him.

It drew public attention after an image of the statue was posted on a popular Adelaide Instagram account, where it attracted hundreds of comments.

The school clearly hadn't thought the seemingly innocent statue through - and you'll soon see why.

One person said: "This is wrong on so many levels".

Following the online ridicule, Blackfriars Priory School in Adelaide covered the statue with a black sheet and announced that it would be altered to a more appopriate image.

"Upon arrival the three-dimensional statue was deemed by the executive to be potentially suggestive".

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

The criticism led the school to place temporary fencing around the statue.

He also said that a local artist has been commissioned to redesign the statue, which was originally produced by a sculptor in Vietnam and had been approved by the school way back in May.

St Martin de Porres lived between 1579 and 1639 and was known for his work with young people in Peru, building an orphanage and children's hospital.

The controversy follows the school making headlines last week for one of its Year 12 students being behind a hoax letter telling his peers they would have to resit their biology exam.

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