Candy nude of Jesus stirs fury in NYC

first_img“We’re obviously surprised by the overwhelming response and offense people have taken,” said Semler, adding that the Holy Week timing was a coincidence. The sculpture was created from more than 200 pounds of milk chocolate, and it features Jesus with his arms outstretched. The Cavallaro creation does not include a loincloth. A publicist for the gallery said the artist was not available for comment. Cavallaro, who was raised in Canada and Italy, is best known for his quirky work with food as art. Past efforts included repainting a Manhattan hotel room in melted mozzarella, spraying five tons of pepper-jack cheese on a Wyoming home and festooning a four-poster bed with 312 pounds of processed ham. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Easter season unveiling of an anatomically correct chocolate sculpture of Jesus Christ, dubbed “My Sweet Lord” by its creator, has infuriated Catholics preparing to observe some of their holiest days of the year. The 6-foot-tall sculpture by Cosimo Cavallaro is to be unveiled Monday evening, four days before Christians mark the crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday. The exhibit at the Lab Gallery inside Manhattan’s Roger Smith Hotel is to end on Easter Sunday. “This is one of the worst assaults on Christian sensibilities ever,” said Bill Donohue, head of the Catholic League, a watchdog group. “It’s not just the ugliness of the portrayal but the timing. To choose Holy Week is astounding.” The gallery and hotel were overrun with angry telephone calls and e-mails, Matt Semler, the gallery’s creative director, said. Sponsors are considering their options, he said. last_img

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