Blackfriars Priory School principal explains how awkward covered statue was bungled

'Rude' school statue covered up

'Rude' school statue covered up

Reaction on social media ranged from incredulity that the school allowed the statue to be put up in the first place, to amusement about the cover-up in black.

As a effect of the statue's suggestiveness, Cobiac wrote that "the statue was immediately covered and a local sculptor has been commissioned to re-design it".

The statue of St. Martin de Porres at Blackfriars Priory School in suburban Adelaide shows the bread being held at crotch-level as the smiling boy gazes up with a hand reaching for the loaf.

But the sculpture's unintentionally provocative design has had unforeseen consequences and created a flurry of activity on social media, prompting the school to take swift action.

Which is why it's odd that a Catholic school tucked away in the Australian city of Adelaide had to wait for a photo of its new statue to go viral before realizing the "piece" needed to be covered up, if not altogether buried in peat.

The statue features St. Dominic holding aloft this "loaf of bread", which he's surreptitiously pulling out from his cloak and gingerly offering to the beseeching boy who kneels before him.

The principal of the school, Simon Cobiac, later apologised for "any concerns and publicity generated by this matter".

An image of the statue posted on Instagram received more than 2,800 likes and numerous comments.

"Who designed that.surely someone has to say "mmm big mistake", wrote one commenter, in a sentiment echoed by many.

How that got past approval stages so easily is anyone's guess, though Cobiac suggests it wasn't until the 2D drawings came to life that they realised their mistake.

Blackfriars Priory School is no stranger to controversy. Last week, a student hoax letter about a fake biology exam resit thrust the school into the spotlight.

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