WARSAW, Poland — A brand new statue which depicts the late pope St. John Paul II throwing a boulder into crimson water has sparked disagreement in his native Poland and revived memories of 1999 Italian palaces which showed him crushed beneath a meteorite, to the new job was designed as a counter-statement.
Kalina, 76, stated the installation from the museum’s fountain relates to John Paul II’s attempts in the 1980s to assist free Poland from communism, which can be represented by the red shade that the water gets from a reddish fabric put on the viewer’s underside.
The artist, the founder of several functions dealing with the Catholic religion and church, said he wanted to deliver a”warning against multiplying types of red revolution” and invite the return into the”clear nicely.” He was talking to this weakening of religion and faith in Poland.
However, some critics associated with the artwork work with violence and blood. The sculpture also attracted ridicule on social networking, with a few commenters comparing the life-sized likeness of this canonized pope toting a stone into a cartoon figure.
The ministry said that the installment was Kalin’s answer to”La Nona Ora,” Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan’s sculpture which revealed the pope as”weak old guy” pinned into the floor by a massive meteorite.
Cattelan’s work, which was exhibited in Warsaw in 2000, was viewed as disrespectful and sparked a massive outcry.
Kalina said in the inauguration service for his installment which he was upset with himself for not reacting to”Cattelan’s provocation” sooner.
“But today I’ve opposed Cattelan’s pope, crushed under a massive boulder, a helpless pope, using a figure of a powerful pope, a strongman, that lifts the boulder above his mind and is prepared to hurl it in the oceans of the poisoned well of symbolic crimson color,” Kalina said.
Kalina also produced a monument to the victims of this 2010 airplane crash in Smolensk, Russia, that murdered Polish President Lech Kaczynski along with 95 other men and women.
The 2018 black granite steps leading into the skies and representing a plane gangway were also in the middle of heated controversy over their enormous black form and place at Warsaw’s prestigious downtown Pilsudski Square.
Recent documentaries in Poland describing tales of these victims have sparked a public discussion and also spurred the church to vow measures to safeguard children and to punish the perpetrators.