Today's award goes to the directors of a Catholic school in Adelaide, Australia, whose artistic judgement has turned out to be, in a word, catastrophically inept. A tip o' the hat to Australian reader Snoggeramus for bringing it to my attention.
AN Adelaide Catholic school has been forced to cover and cordon off a new religious statue after raising eyebrows for its unfortunate design.
Blackfriars Priory School, at Prospect, unveiled the statue late last week of St Dominic handing a young boy a loaf of bread, which appears to have emerged from his cloak.
One of St Dominic’s miracles was the ample supply of bread.
But the sculpture’s unintentionally provocative design has had unintended consequences and created a flurry of activity on social media ... the school was forced to cover the statue with a black cloth after students took inappropriate photos on Friday and by this week it had been cordoned off.
One Instagram user wrote: “Like who the hell designed, approved and erected it and no one thought about it?”.
Another user wrote: “Blackfriars is not alone. I saw heaps of similarly dodgy ones while living in Chile”.
Other users commented: “surely this can’t be real” and “can’t believe this happened”.
There's more at the link.
Verily, the mind doth boggle. After all the publicity about Catholic priests and child sex abuse, for a Catholic school to display a statue like that, even if it does depict a saint and a well-known incident in his hagiography . . . the sheer stupidity, the lack of common sense and understanding of whoever approved that design, is truly epic. He, she or they need to be removed from their posts at once, before they do any more damage to what is otherwise probably a very good school.
(Of course, we can guess what the schoolboys must be saying about it! During my own school days, I can't recall that we were ever renowned for our respect for authority. Given their irreverent national heritage and Australians' well-earned reputation for "taking the piss", schoolboys down under must be doubly so!)