PHALLIC SCULPTURE OUTRAGE
Friday April 16th, 2010
FURY OVER HUGE ‘PHALLUS’ ON MALTA’S PAPAL ROUTE
A ‘phallic’ sculpture has become the centre of a row in a Maltese town due to be visited by the Pope at the weekend. The controversial work of art, Colonna Mediterranea by sculpture Paul Vella Critien was erected in the town of Luqa in 2006. However, Mayor John Schembri has now decided that it is 'vulgar' and 'embarrassing' and that is should be removed as a mark of respect to Pope Benedict XVI. Mr Critien has called the mayor and his supporters 'ignorant' and 'uneducated'.
On his route through Malta, The Pope will be passing the roundabout by Luqa where the four year old column stands and Mr Shembri sees it a disrespectful and inappropriate saying, 'The object... is not the most fitting way in which to greet the Pope, especially by what is considered to be the most Catholic country in the world.' He added that the council would appeal once more to the government to have the monument removed.
In response, Mr Critien told the press that his creation was not a phallic symbol but a modern representation of a symbol dating back to ancient Egypt and that the Pope 'would look at it as a work of art. [He] is not the man in the street'.
According to reports the government have no plans to comply with Mayor Shembri’s wishes.
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