The Guardian reports:
A new statue at a Catholic school in Adelaide has been covered up and will be remodeled over issues with it being “potentially suggestive”. The statue of St Martin de Porres at Blackfriars Priory was unveiled recently and depicts the saint handing a loaf of bread to a young boy.
However, the unfortunate placement of the bread raised other connotations and the school apologised for any concerns the design may have caused. Reaction on social media ranged from incredulity that the school allowed the statue to be put up in the first place, to amusement about the cover-up in black.
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
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
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