A Catholic school in Adelaide, Australia, has recently unveiled a brand-new statue, but many people have noticed something provocative in its design. Erected at Blackfriars Priory School, the sculpture shows a priest handing an object, which appears to have emerged from his cloak, to a child's outstretched hand.
Photos of the monument with the ridiculously unfortunate design quickly found their way to social media. Amused internet users pointed out that the mysterious thing the man passed to the boy looked pretty much like a manhood.
What's wrong with it? He's just giving a potato to- *notices position* OH O_O— 🍃Marona Possessed🍃 (@MaronaPossessed) 22 ноября 2017 г.
Omg. WHO APPROVED THAT DESIGN?! 😂— Stephanie Kingson (@theLionKingson) 22 ноября 2017 г.
Don't panic. Replacement on its way. pic.twitter.com/ahqOtHHBNI— Space Ape (@spaceape_uk) 22 ноября 2017 г.
Some users couldn't help creating a bunch of memes, suggesting what was actually in the priest's hands.
As the school's leadership later explained in a Facebook post, the sculpture created in Vietnam depicts Saint Martin de Porres, who lived in the 16th century in Peru and was noted for work on behalf of the poor, as well as establishing an orphanage and a children's hospital. The monument actually was showing him passing a loaf of bread to a small boy.
"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," Principal Simon Cobiac wrote.
The school administration apologized for any concerns and covered the statue with a black cloth. Now, another sculptor will be commissioned to re-design it.
Blackfriars Priory School— Peter Murphy (@PeterWMurphy1) 22 ноября 2017 г.
1st mistake? Displaying the statue.
2nd mistake? Covering it up.
Is this a meant as a metaphor? pic.twitter.com/c3lRNa0MjZ