For Pete's Sake: Libertines frontman Doherty crucified for exhibition at St. Marylebone Parish Church

A statue of the musician on the cross has been hailed by the resident Reverend who hopes it will inspire others through addiction

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Out of rehab and onto the cross? Pete Doherty is set to return to London from a Thai rehabilitation centre just in time to see a life size marble statue of himself being crucified go on display.

The sculpture titled For Pete’s Sake is to go on public display for the first time tomorrow as part of the ‘Stations Of The Cross’ exhibition being held at St. Marylebone Parish Church.

The sculpture, for which Doherty submitted to a full body cast in plaster, was a collaboration with his friend the artist Nick Reynolds, who explained: “When I created this work I saw Pete being crucified by the media and that provided the basis of my inspiration to make this piece.”

Depicting the reformed troublemaker as Christ was no problem for the Reverend of St. Marylebone, Stephen Evans, who said: “Doherty’s battle with addiction and a self-destructive lifestyle have been well catalogued in the press throughout his career.

"Today, having successfully completed rehab treatment in Thailand, Doherty seeks to live a new life free of the things which had nearly destroyed him. I hope that 'For Pete's Sake' might help visitors to the exhibition stop and reflect not only Christ’s Passion and Resurrection and what this means but also to stop and reflect on what in their own lives leads to death or to life.”

‘Stations Of The Cross’ is open until the 17th of March and is the second crucifixion-themed exhibition to be curated by Ben Moore in support of the Missing Tom Fund, a fund set up to find Tom Moore, Ben’s brother, who went missing in 2003.