Saturday, 21 May 2011

Pope Statue 'Sin'

This is Oliviero Rainaldi's horrible bronze statue of Pope John Paul II, which was unveiled in the Piazza dei Cinquecento, outside Rome's main railway station, a few days ago. Both the Vatican and the public have given this monstrosity the raspberry. The Vatican comments that the statue's open cloak - yes, that's what it's supposed to be - makes it look like a sentry box and uses the word "sin" to describe the lack of resemblance to the Pope. The head reminds many Romans of the hated Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. When a newspaper ran an online questionnaire to gauge public opinion, 90% of respondents disliked the statue. Pressure is mounting on the mayor to give it the bum's rush. Let's hope this Roman rebellion against bad contemporary art catches on.


At 21/5/11, Blogger Guillaume said...

He looks like a mix of Mussolini and Darth Vader.

At 22/5/11, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Hi, Guillaume

Yes. The opening welcomes you to the Dark Side!

At 25/5/11, Blogger marblaze said...

the sculpture might have some sensible explanations.

At 25/5/11, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Hi, Marblaze

The open cloak is supposed to represent the Pope welcoming believers to his flock, but it looks more like Hellgate to me.

I think the artist's lack of talent is the most sensible explanation for it all.

A local cleaner reckoned it would act as a shelter for drunks and would be filled with beer bottles!


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