Direct from an episode of Doctor Who, comes this new statue at the Stazione Termini in Rome.
Some people think it is monstrous.
I am one of them.
The sculptor is defending his work.
John Paul II sculptor defends his work
By David Kerr
Rome, Italy, Jun 21, 2011 / 04:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The sculptor of a much criticized statue of Blessed John Paul II has defended his work and suggested it could, one day, be regarded as “a classic.” [A classic… what?]
“Naturally, I understand that is it not conventional, and the proposal might create a different look to what was expected,” Italian artist Olivero Rainaldi told CNA in his first media interview since the row surrounding the statue’s unveiling in May.
“But there are so many beautiful photographs. Why do we need a photographic resemblance?” [Soooo…. that… just off the top of my head… people know it is the late Pope? Just a thought.]
At the time of its unveiling, the Vatican’s newspaper L’Osservatore Romano described the 12-foot bronze statue situated outside Rome’s Termini train station as having “little resemblance’’ to Pope John Paul.
“The result is not what was intended and his face on the top of the statue bears little resemblance and already there has been much criticism … it makes him look like a tent … it looks like a bomb has hit,” the paper said.
The President of Rome’s Cultural Commission, Federico Mollicone, went further, calling it “a permanent and sacrilegious mud stain on his memory.” [!]
Meanwhile, a poll in the Italian La Repubblica newspaper found that 87 percent of the general public also disliked the statue. But Rainaldi is unfazed by such negative reactions. [Perhaps he will never be hired again?]
“When Michaelangelo’s David was first taken into the Piazza della Signoria in the middle of the night, everything, including the dimensions, were different from what they (people) expected.” [Sorry. I knew Michelangelo’s David. This is no Michelangelo’s David.]
“I’m just making an example, not to draw strange comparisons. But we need to make comparisons like this. Then, over time, they became classics,” said the 55-year-old artist whose modernist work has gained him success in both Italy and the U.S. [Which sadly doesn’t surprise me. But when his work is actually shown to people with common sense, things don’t work out so well.]
Certainly the Vatican is in no rush to cut artistic links with Oliviero Rainaldi. In fact, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi—the head of the Pontifical Council for Culture—has asked the Italian sculptor to be one of 60 artists that will create a work to honor the 60th anniversary of Pope Benedict’s ordination to the priesthood this month. [Yet another reason why Card. Ravasi should never advance to a more influential position.]
Richard Rouse, also of the Pontifical Council for Culture, observed that Rinaldi is “somebody who’s been criticized but is continuing to work and that’s a wonderful thing.” [If at first you don’t succeed….]
Although his sculpture has received a lot of criticism, Rinaldi said he put real thought into the Pope John Paul II statue. [I love that. It reminds me of what liberals say. “I really struggled with this decision to [COMMIT MORTAL SIN X].”]
“The man within was more interesting to me than the man outside” [Then he should have it, not the people of Rome.] describing a man who was “lacerated” inside “not only by his infirmity but also by his mission.”
“These are often things that even the people who are close to you, and love you, don’t want to see. [Including more of the Roman people.] Often we want to (see) that they are strong, beautiful – but it is not always the case. This man showed he was beautiful for others reasons beyond his appearance.” [So… bottom line: it’s an ugly statue.]