Sculpture of Pete Doherty as Crucified Christ Goes on Display at London Church
Artist Nick Reynolds said he got the idea because Doherty "was crucified by the media."
A life-size sculpture of the infamous rock star Pete Doherty cast as Christ on the cross will go on display tomorrow at a London church, as part of a charity exhibition to raise funds for a missing person’s cause, the Guardian reports.
The artwork, entitled For Pete’s Sake, was made in 2008 as a collaboration between Doherty, the special effects expert Schoony, and Nick Reynolds, an artist best known for his death masks of criminals. To create the uncanny effigy, the troubled musician was subjected to a full-body casting process.
“When I created this work I saw Pete being crucified by the media and that provided the basis of my inspiration to make this piece,” Reynolds said in a statement. And, indeed, 2008 was a trying year for Doherty, who spent 14 weeks in jail for breaching a probation order following a series of well-documented brushes with the law for drugs and driving offenses.
But things seem to have taken a turn for the better for the ex of Kate Moss, who completed drug rehabilitation earlier this year. “Doherty’s battle with addiction and a self-destructive lifestyle have been well cataloged in the press throughout his career; today, having successfully completed rehab treatment in Thailand, Doherty seeks to live a new life free of the things which had nearly destroyed him,” Reverend Canon Stephen Evans from St. Marylebone Church, where the exhibition is taking place, told DIY Magazine.
For Pete’s Sake will hang in the 200-year-old central London church as part of the show “Stations of the Cross,” curated by Ben Moore, and which features several interpretations of the Passion of Christ theme by artists including Paul Benney, Nasser Azam, Angelica Cayzer, Wolfe Lenkiewicz, and Charlie Mackesy. The curator hopes to raise money for the Missing Tom Fund, which supports the ongoing search for his missing brother Tom Moore, who disappeared in 2003.
The exhibition will run until March 17. After, to set the mood for the forthcoming Easter, images of a few selected works will be displayed as billboards in a number of London Underground stations that have a religious theme, such as King’s Cross, Charing Cross, Temple, St Paul’s, Angel, and Marylebone. And the good news for Doherty’s die-hard fans is that his sculpture à la Jesus will be up for grabs. For those with £33,000 to spare, that is.
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