Banksy unveils church abuse work - BBC News

    BBC's Colin Paterson takes a look at Banksy's latest work

    Street artist Banksy has installed a vandalised sculpture of a priest in a gallery in Liverpool.

    Cardinal Sin is a bust with its face sawn off and replaced by blank tiles, designed as a response to the child abuse scandal in the Catholic church.

    In a statement, Banksy said: "I'm never sure who deserves to be put on a pedestal or crushed under one."

    The sculpture was unveiled at the Walker Art Gallery, where it is sitting alongside 17th Century religious art.

    The bathroom tiles have been put in place of the priest's face to create a pixelated effect.

    "I love everything about the Walker Gallery - the Old Masters, the contemporary art, the rude girl in the cafe. And when I found out Mr Walker built it with beer money, it became my favourite gallery," said Banksy.

    "The statue? I guess you could call it a Christmas present. At this time of year it's easy to forget the true meaning of Christianity - the lies, the corruption, the abuse."

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