An Adelaide Catholic school has been forced to cover up a brand new statue after its unfortunate design of a kneeling boy and a saint caused a stir on social media.
The statue depicts Dominican brother St Martin de Porres holding bread waist high to a kneeling boy reaching to touch the loaf.
The ABC reports that the school said the design of its new statue looked fine on paper but acknowledged it could be interpreted in a more sinister way.
“The two-dimensional concept plans for the statue were viewed and approved by the [school’s] executive team in May but upon arrival the three-dimensional statue was deemed by the executive to be potentially suggestive,” principal Simon Cobiac said in a statement.
“As a consequence, the statue was immediately covered and a local sculptor has been commissioned to redesign it.”
Mr Cobiac said the embarrassing artwork was created in Vietnam by a sculptor who had done other work for the school.