Revealed: Controversial statue of Pope John Paul II reworked to look less like Benito Mussolini
A controversial statue of Pope John Paul II that some critics said looked more like Benito Mussolini, has been unveiled in its revised form.
Sculptor Oliviero Rainaldi expressed satisfaction with the final version of the work, which he said, matched his original vision.
He blamed workers for a botched assemblage the first time around.
The bronze statue’s face now appears less stern. And some efforts have been made to give the figure a neck.
The mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno, hailed the changes to the statue, which rises from the flower beds outside the city’s main Termini train station.
Not everyone was convinced, however. “They've made it worse,” said Fabio Sabbatani Schiuma, a Rome city councillor. “It looks even more like Mussolini.”
When the five-metre bronze monument was unveiled in May last year, many people were aghast.
The abstract rendering featured a heavy-set head on a minimalist, billowing cloak, which was intended to symbolise the late pontiff’s willingness to embrace his flock.
But the statue’s tent-liked form, squashed facial features and bullet-shaped head did not go down well with church or layman.
Some critics said it resembled a creature from Star Trek. An online poll in La Repubblica newspaper suggested 86 per cent of the public disliked the statue.
- 1 Crystal meth addict 'gouged out his eyes and ate them' while high on drug, Australian MP claims
- 2 As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
- 3 The ten most unequal developed countries in the world
- 4 Saudi Arabia 'seeking to head United Nations Human Rights Council'
- 5 Toddler throws a tantrum at the White House – in front of Barack Obama
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland
£40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software / C# Developer w...
£35 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: As a Trainee Recruitment Consu...