Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Artist Crucifies Ape To Save Threatened Gorillas

ape crucifiedIt's a crucifix in a church, but the cross bears the life-like body of a gorilla.

Paul Fryer is likely to provoke protests with his work, The Privilege of Dominion, installed in the former Holy Trinity Church in Marylebone in a show inspired by the cabinets of curiosities popular in the 16th century.

The gorilla was made with the help of a former Madame Tussauds waxwork expert and a hair-inserter. "It does look real - even close up," Fryer said.

He insists he wants to highlight the plight of the Western Lowland Gorillas, and to challenge the Christian notion that animals do not have souls. But he does not want to cause offence.

"I do go to church and regard myself as a Christian, though I'm probably a heretic," he said. "I just hope people understand the spirit of it is intended to create discourse and make people think rather than offend anybody."

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