A life size sculpture of The Libertines frontman Pete Doherty was unveiled in St Marylebone church last week. Confused? So were we.
The all white, plaster-cast, marble sculpture, created by Nick Reynolds, depicts Mr Doherty being crucified. The display comprises part of an on going art exhibition, which will conclude in the sale of the sculpture for an estimated £33,000. Ben Moore, curator of The Stations of The Cross exhibition, aims to raise money and awareness for the Missing Tom Fund, established to aid the search of his brother who disappeared in 2003.
The sculpture – ‘christened’ For Pete’s Sake – was originally created by Reynolds in 2008 and will hang alongside other artworks by artists including Paul Benney, Nasser Azam, Angelica Cayzer, Wolfe Lenkiewicz and Charlie Mackesy, each of which depict the Passion of Christ.
Reynolds explained, “When I created this work I saw Pete being crucified by the media and that provided the basis of my inspiration to make this piece.” Whatever the motivation for this unusual creation it seems that the intentions of its display are in the right place. However, if like us, you still find the entire situation a little perplexing, don’t worry – the exhibition is only temporary and is scheduled to end on 17th March.
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