Banksy resurfaced to unveil his latest sculpture called Cardinal Sin which is an 18-century stone bust of a priest with its face cut off and replaced with common bathroom tiles. It is a blatant dig at the Catholic church for its child abuse scandals and their subsequent cover-ups.
The sculpture was unveiled at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, England, where sits next to 17th Century religious art including church altarpieces and other religious sculptures.
“The sculpture very clearly contains a message. When you look at it and see the tiles that have been applied to the sawn-off face, you immediately get the impression of those pixelated images of suspected criminals you see on screen or in a newspaper photograph.” said Reyahn King, director of art galleries at National Museums Liverpool.
Banksy has come out to remark, “I guess you could call it a Christmas present. At this time of year it’s easy to forget the true meaning of Christianity – the lies, the corruption, the abuse.” Again, Banksy doesn’t disappoint. Nice work!