Jesus with erection statue hosting gallery sued by devout Christian group

September 3rd, 2008 - 3:36 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Sept 3 (ANI): A devout Christian group is taking an art centre to court, claiming it displayed a statue of Jesus Christ with an erection.

The artwork was part of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art’’s September 2007-January 2008 exhibition Gone, Yet Still, by the controversial Chinese artist Terence Koh, which featured several plaster figures with erections.

The sculptures included Mickey Mouse and ET - all in some state of arousal, reports Guardian.Co.Uk.

Lawyers for Emily Mapfuwa, a 40-year-old Christian who was offended by the artwork, launched a private prosecution against the gallery for outraging public decency and causing harassment, alarm and distress to the public.

Mapfuwa, of Brentwood, Essex, argues the Baltic would not have dared depict the prophet Muhammad in such a way.

At Gateshead magistrates court, a solicitor for The Baltic Flour Mills Visual Arts Trust, the charitable body which runs the Baltic, indicated a plea of not guilty.
The case was adjourned until September 23. (ANI)

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