A pornographic artwork went on display in October in the art museum that is owned by the Colorado City government. The pornograpic piece, created by Stanford University art professor Enrique Chagoya, was funded by the state also. The piece is offensive to many Loveland residents, as well as many residents of Colorado.
In cartoon-like panels, the head of the Blessed Virgin Mary is shown on the body of a scantily clad cocktail waitress. (The Talmud depicts her as a harlot daughter of a royal priest, so this isn't original.)
Another panel features the head of Jesus on an obese female body in a one-piece bathing suit riding a bike. The gender confusion evident in this image says more about the artist than about the Son of God.
The most controversial panel shows Jesus in a pornographic depiction, next to the word “orgasm”. This sort of imagry for Jesus is actually rather common among gay activists,m as a casual internet search reveals
The artwork is tended as criticism of the Catholic Church's handling of pedophile priests, but it offends Protestants, Orthodox and even people of other faiths, such as Muslims who hold Mary in high regard.
LOVELAND, Colo. — A piece of artwork denounced as obscene by church members and allegedly ripped up by a Montana woman using a crowbar won't be returned to display because of safety concerns, city officials said Thursday.
"The incident yesterday was very troubling and also very impactful on the city staff, volunteers and the public at the venue," said Rod Wensing, acting city manager.
Kathleen Folden, 56, of Kalispell, Mont., was arrested Wednesday on a charge of criminal mischief. Witnesses told police that she used a crowbar to smash glass shielding the print at the Loveland Museum Gallery and then tore part of it up.
Folden, a truck driver, told police that she drove from Montana and bought a crowbar in Loveland before going to the museum to destroy the artwork, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by The Coloradoan in Fort Collins.
Police said the damaged part includes what critics say was a depiction of Jesus Christ engaged in a sex act.
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