Is it a penis? Is it a potato? No, it’s a bread roll. Blackfriars Priory School has given ‘it looked good on paper’ a whole new meaning with its suggestive statue.
We have all seen those social media posts of inconspicuous objects, purposefully photographed and captioned: ‘How dirty is your mind?’
Now a Catholic school in Australia has taken the innuendo guessing game to new levels with the unveiling of this ambiguous statue.
The sculpture, depicting the wholesome scene of St Martin de Porres handing a bread roll to a praying boy, has inspired a Twitter storm of innuendo and mockery.
I suspect the designer willfully trolled the sh!t out of Blackfriars Priory School in Adelaide, the Catholic school that ordered this statue… This is just too much to be a coincidence… xD pic.twitter.com/4OE3ZeJY1r
— farmfield_vfx (@Farmfield) November 22, 2017
The Blackfriars Priory School Design Review Committee had one job, and they blew it! Sorry, poor word choice. pic.twitter.com/hS9gKNSPXT
— yuge tweet storm 🌊 🤔 (@gbreedlove) November 22, 2017
Simon Cobiac, the principal of Blackfriars Priory School, said the statue was commissioned in May after seeing it in 2D design. But after seeing the finished project, the school had no other choice but to cover the sculpture, according to The Guardian.
“As a consequence, the statue was immediately covered and a local sculptor has been commissioned to redesign it,” said Cobiac.
Unfortunetly, the covering of the statue only led to more social buzz.
Blackfriars Priory School
1st mistake? Displaying the statue.
2nd mistake? Covering it up.
Is this a meant as a metaphor? pic.twitter.com/c3lRNa0MjZ
— Peter Murphy (@PeterWMurphy1) November 22, 2017
The statue unfortunately comes after the Catholic Church sex scandal, where priests were abusing young boys within the Church.
The school has apologized for any distress caused by the design, and has promised to cover up the controversy until the scene can be redesigned.