“But the drawing looked fine!”

Blackfriars Priory school, a Catholic boys school in Adelaide, Australia commissioned a statue of a saint Martin de Porres that was supposed to showed him giving a loaf of bread to a child. While the commission was granted on the basis of a drawing of the statue, when the final statue was unveiled, it suggested something completely different, though one that is consistent with what we have learned about the Catholic church.


It did not help that the school itself had earlier been hit with several sex abuse scandals involving teachers.

The school has covered up the statue with a black cloth while they decide what to do about it. But that act of covering up is itself being viewed as a metaphor for how the church has responded to its sex abuse scandals.


  1. kestrel says

    I’ve got to think the artist **knew** what they were doing. Good grief, how could you work on that and not know? Makes me wonder if they did that on purpose to make a statement.

    Made us LOL. And shake our heads.

  2. Smokey says

    That’s either deliberate, or the artist is a devout Christian. They tend to be literal-minded and usually struggle with alternative interpretations and double entendres.

  3. Mano Singham says

    I doubt that the artist did this deliberately. Most artists are starved for commissions and such a prank would guarantee that they would lose a lot of potential jobs.

  4. John Morales says

    From a more local report, this quotation:

    “As a consequence, the statue was immediately covered and a local sculptor has been commissioned to redesign it.”

    Mr Cobiac said the embarrassing artwork was created in Vietnam by a sculptor who had done other work for the school.

  5. Matt G says

    @7 Lofty-

    Spot on. The child is looking up at the adult. The adult, meanwhile, has a blank expression and certainly doesn’t look back at the child.

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