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

TFW you meet the guy and he looks nothing like the pic.

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Earlier today, Blackfriars Priory School in Adelaide made headlines over their hasty cover-up of a new statue that looks, well, unfortunately suggestive.

Now, the school has finally released a statement explaining how the statue came to be erected from their perspective. It turns out the statue was created in Vietnam by a sculptor who has previously worked with the school. Given the distance between Adelaide and Vietnam, the school was only able to view plans for the statue ahead of its installation.

According to Principal Simon Cobiac, “the two-dimensional concept plans for the statue were viewed and approved by the executive team in May but upon arrival the three-dimensional statue was deemed by the executive to be potentially suggestive.” 

Take a moment, if you will, to consider being a member of that executive at the moment the statue was unveiled.

As a consequence of the statue’s suggestiveness, Cobiac wrote that “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.”

He also clarified that the suggestive statue is not, in fact, St. Dominic, as originally reported, but is in fact St. Martin de Porres, a follower of St. Dominic. We look forward to seeing the new, substantially altered St. Martin in due course.

It is, though, a little sad that the original work has been shafted. Here’s a final pic of that original work, just as the artist intended it. Vale.

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