A statua of St. Martin de Porres, a saint that is famous for taking care of children, had been made for Blackfriars Priory School in Adelaide, Australia back in 2017. Everyone was excited for the unveiling of the statue, but people did not like what they saw when he was finally shown to the public.
The statue featured St. Martin the Porres holding a piece of bread and was giving it to a little boy. What caught the attention of people is the way the saint’s statue was holding the bread and how the child was reaching out for it.
Some people said that the position of where the bread is was suggestive, while some has just said the it was just a piece of bread and nothing to be offended of. News of the statue quickly became viral. It was then later covered in black cloth and was removed from the school.
Statements from the school said the concept of the statue looked good on paper but it looked very different once it was done. They also said they commissioned the same sculptor that made another statue for their school. They have tried to commission a different sculptor to do changes with it.
In a recent report by The Daily Mail, the statue was finally replaced. Instead of another statue, a park bench, dubbed the “Buddy Bench,” was in its place, along with a few animal statues that were done using fiberglass.
The Buddy Bench was given to the school by the Prospect Lion’s Club and the animal statues were from Uracast. Some of the animals featured were a dog, a koala, a wombat, and a kookaburra. Animals were chosen as St. Martin de Porres also dedicated his life to take care of animals.
Simon Cobiac, the principal of the school, had talked about what happened with the statue and was glad that everything worked out in the end as the children enjoyed the play area more than ever.
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