UN Removes Folk Art Sculpture After Christian Outrage

The Christian Post reports:

Weeks after it was first displayed on the Visitors Plaza outside the United Nations headquarters in November, the controversial “Guardian for International Peace and Security” sculpture many Christians likened to a biblical “End Times beast” is now gone. Initial reports to The Christian Post suggested that the sculpture was removed from the Visitor’s Plaza in late December due to complaints from the public.

Conservative Christian frenzy over the artwork began brewing after the U.N. tweeted an image of the exhibit on Nov. 9, prompting references to certain scriptures in the Bible, including Daniel 7:2–4 which highlights a vision of beasts, representing governments; one of which is depicted with a body like a lion and wings like an eagle. The fantastical fusion of features in the controversial sculpture is known as an Alebrije — a representation of a mythical spirit guide found in Oaxacan folk art.

Read the full article. The sculpture was previously exhibited at Rockefeller Center during Día de los Muertos celebrations in November.