I saw the Canadian kerfuffle over a mechanical spider perched on a cathedral. LotR notwithstanding, I wasn’t aware of the spider being a particularly Christian symbol of evil. But some Catholics objected:
disturbing, disappointing and even shameful
Others found no problem:
While the viewer may find the juxtaposition jarring, I gather it’s supposed to be. But sacrilegious? C’mon, give your archbishop a break. This civic engagement with art recalls the Vatican’s Courtyard of the Gentiles project. Culture is a bridge.
Check the website for the creators here. It may not be high sacred art, but it’s pretty cool nonetheless.
But it also got me thinking … did Jesus catch flak for this?
Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves. (Matthew 10:16)
Culture is a bridge that works for me.