Tasteful? Well, obviously not. Bannable? Apparently, yes. This statue of a hanging man made entirely out of chocolate and drawing on a familiar religious icon for its inspiration has attracted the ire of something called the Catholic League, a non-elected body with the power to determine what the rest of us see. (It appears to be using the term catholic in its lower case sense: i.e. it welcomes bigots of all denominations.)
They have two complaints. The material used: 200 lbs of chocolate. And the fact that the genitalia are visible.
There’s a statue in St Peter’s in Rome whose sandalled foot has been worn mirror-smooth by the hands of the faithful. Who’s to say how long this artwork’s choccy dick would have survived its worshippers’ oral attentions?
If you’d like to know more, click here for the article in today’s Guardian. In the meantime, let’s hope the chocolate wasn’t made by Nestlé: with the Swiss company’s reputation in the third world, that really would be a thorny moral issue.