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Rome a statue of Pope John Paul II brings out the critics

Via: New York Times

The backdrop may be the Termini train station, but the chatter these days evokes a Damien Hirst opening. The object of the attention is a 17-foot-tall bronze sculpture of Pope John Paul II unveiled on May 18, his birthday

The verdict, at least as registered by the Italian news media and several online polls, is a merciless thumbs down.

The starkly spare sculpture by a Rome-based artist, Oliviero Rainaldi, depicts the pope condensed into a massive mantle as if to envelop the faithful. It has been alternately described as:

–  a sentry box

– a bell

–  a papal vespasiano, as Romans call a urinal.

(Vespasian was the first-century emperor who levied a tax on urine, which was used for tanning leather.)

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The crescendo of outrage grew so rapidly that Rome’s traffic cops had to be deployed to keep a 24-hour watch to ward off potential vandalism until video cameras could be installed on surrounding lampposts.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/26/world/europe/26italy.html

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Now, if the ‘Big One’ had hit Rome as predicted on May 11; ‘Direi che questo sarebbe stato uno di una pagina sei piani.’

https://seattle98.wordpress.com/2011/05/10/romans-gripped-by-fear-of-quake-forecast-for-may-11/

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