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Catholic school's new statue has a rather unfortunate design

Catholic school's new statue has a rather unfortunate design

The sculpture - commemorating one of the Biblical, bread-related miracles of Saint Dominic - was only unveiled at Blackfriars Priory this week, but spectators quickly cottoned on to a regrettable design flaw.

A Catholic school in Australia has covered up a statue of a saint giving a loaf of bread to a boy after complaints that it was too suggestive. But many people had a different interpretation and saw a more provocative image.

The sculpture showed St Martin de Porres handing a young boy a loaf of bread, which appears to have emerged from his cloak.

The school has since been forced to cover the statue with a black cloth after students were found taking inappropriate photos on Friday and this week it was completely cordoned off, according to The Advertiser. "As a outcome, the statue was immediately covered and a local sculptor has been commissioned to re-design it", Principal Simon Cobiac said.

In a message posted on Facebook, principal Simon Cobiac apologised to the school community for "any concerns and publicity" caused by the statue. Given the distance between Adelaide and Vietnam, the school was only able to view plans for the statue ahead of its installation.

Catholic school's new statue has a rather unfortunate design
Catholic school's new statue has a rather unfortunate design

"As a effect, the statue was immediately covered and a local sculptor has been commissioned to re-design it".

A picture of the statue on local Instagram account Shit Adelaide has racked up 2,800 likes.

"Did nobody look at the design first?" one person tweeted.

Satirist Ben Pobjie commented: "Just glad Blackfriars school noticed how suggestive the statue was before they turned the water feature on".

The school recently made headlines because of a hoax letter by one of its students distributed to thousands of others claiming the Year 12 biology exam would have to be re-sat.

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