Adelaide Catholic school removes offensive statue

Animal sculptures and a bench have replaced the questionable statue.
Animal sculptures and a bench have replaced the questionable statue. Photo credit: Instagram

A Catholic school in Adelaide has finally removed an "embarrassing" statue after a photo of it went viral two years ago.

The Daily Mail Australia reports animal sculptures and a bench have replaced the statue at Blackfriars Priory School.

Designed in Vietnam, the statue shows a young boy kneeling at the foot of a saint as he is fed bread.

"Out of such an unforeseen and unfortunate event" the school had decided to create "a magical space for the children", principal Simon Cobiac told the Daily Mail.

The school was forced to cover the statue after it caused a social media furore.

The statue featured on the Instagram page S**tAdelaide when it was erected in 2017, where commenters were less than complimentary. It's unclear why it's taken so long for it to be removed.

One commenter called it a mix of hilarious and disturbing, while several drew connections between the seemingly suggestive statue and allegations of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.

The school said at the time the statue would be redesigned, and apologised for any offence caused.

Newshub.

Contact Newshub with your story tips:
news@newshub.co.nz