ROME (AP) — He was pilloried by the Vatican for creating a sculpture of Pope John Paul II that some mockingly say looks more like Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini than the beloved late pontiff. Now artist Oliviero Rainaldi has a chance at redemption.Some Italians have said it looks like a public urinal.
The bronze's "patina," or sheen, which now ranges from a sickly green to a brownish area on the cloak that looks as if a cappuccino was spilled on it, will be redone, leaving the work with a uniform, dark "cold green" hue, the 55-year-old artist said.Well, that'll fix it up, for sure. Anyway, I'm glad the Vatican can't even hire a guy to make an attractive popey guy statue. Maybe it's impossible and every popey guy statue has to look like death. Makes sense, actually. I'd love to see this artist's conception of the current popey guy. I'll bet it would make people shiver. C'mon, Rainaldi, make it!
While the city's announcement says the head will be "redone," Rainaldi insists he'll only do "technical touchups."