Banksy has unveiled his latest work at The Walker Gallery in Liverpool which he has entitled ‘Cardinal Sin’ and is on loan for an unlimited time. This latest work of his is designed as a response to the ongoing child abuse scandal in the Catholic church, which they have still failed to fully address or admit that it’s a problem.
In a statement, Banksy said:
“I’m never sure who deserves to be put on a pedestal or crushed under one.”
The bust is a replica of an 18th Century cardinal, with the face replaced with tiles to simulate the pixelated blur that the media commonly uses to protect the identity of an alleged guilty person.
“The statue? 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.”
Reyahn King, director of art galleries at National Museums Liverpool said,
“The sculpture very clearly contains a message,” she said. “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.”
I truly hope that this latest work of his does bring more attention to what The Catholic Church have tried to hide for so long. It’s wrong that people can hide behind the Church and they should be brought to account.