When does a society need to be protected from pieces of art? Why does the Vatican take such offense over a piece of imagination, that someone brought into being? Especially really cartoon-ish absurd-ist stuff like this piece? How is anyone so offended by simple images? I have deleted the picture of this sculpture from the article below, because I have been informed that it is too offensive, even though I thought it was hysterically funny. I don't wish to offend any delicate eyes, so I'll link to the full story with the offensive pic, and print the story below. Don't open the link if you are easily offended by cartoon-ish images. http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_26258.aspx Italy Museum Defies Pope Anger Over Sculpture Of Crucified Frog Thursday August 28, 2008 The Associated Press An art museum in northern Italy said Thursday it will continue displaying a sculpture portraying a green frog nailed to a cross that has angered Pope Benedict and local officials. The board of the foundation of the Museion in the city of Bolzano voted to keep the work by the late German artist Martin Kippenberger, the museum said in a statement. Earlier in August the pope had written a letter to Franz Pahl, the president of the Trentino-Alto Adige region that includes Bolzano, denouncing the sculpture. It "has offended the religious feelings of many people who consider the cross a symbol of God's love and of our redemption," Pahl quoted the Pope as writing in the letter. Pahl himself has long opposed the display of "Zuerst die Fuesse" ("First the Feet" in German), even staging a hunger strike this summer and saying he would not seek re-election unless it was removed. In a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, Pahl said he was outraged by the museum's decision to keep the work, which he claims "pokes fun at the Catholic population and offends religion and the Pope." The 1990 wooden sculpture shows the crucified frog nailed through the feet and hands like Jesus Christ. The frog, eyes popping and tongue sticking out, wears a loincloth and holds a mug of beer and an egg in its hands. The museum said the one-metre-tall sculpture has nothing to do with religion, but is an ironic self-portrait of the artist and an expression of his angst. "With humour and a tragicomic sense, which belongs to art since the times of Greek tragedy, Kippenberger ... faces his condition of suffering, which he expresses in many works, also, for example, in a video in which he crucifies himself," the museum said in a statement. Born in Dortmund, Kippenberger moved from painting and sculpture to work in all mediums, often combining elements of Neo-expressionism, Pop and Dadaism. His art has been displayed across the world, including Zurich, Paris, Jerusalem, London and New York. He died in 1997, aged 43. ____________________________________________________________ I'm Sorry but, Jesus wasn't the only one who died on a cross, Drumbonius, or whatever your fake pope name is. Wasn't the Cross an implement of torture and execution, employed for hundreds of years, and used upon thousands and thousands, maybe millions of people all over Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Asia Minor, and later on, burned as a warning to the black people of the southern USA, reminding them not to get too pushy looking for equal rights?????? But I guess none of that matters, if someone powerful is offended by it they should begin crying foul at once, there is no place for tolerance in The Vatican. Any fool knows god has no sense of humor at all right?