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'Cardinal Sin': Banksy’s Latest Vandalized Sculpture
By Anthea Quay, 16 Dec 2011
Street artist Banksy has recently installed a vandalized sculpture of a priest in a gallery in Liverpool.
In the Walker Art Gallery, a 18th-century stone replica statue of a priest has its face sawed-off, and replaced with blank tiles to make the face look ‘pixelated’.
Banksy titled the statue “Cardinal Sin”, and designed it as a comment on recent crimes perpetrated by the Catholic church—a response to the child abuse scandal that was covered-up.
In a statement, Banksy said: “I’m never sure who deserves to be put on a pedestal or crushed under one.”
The art piece will be displayed at the museum for an indefinite period of time—alongside masterpieces by Rubens and Van Dyck.
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