Christian suicide bombers to ensue…no, wait, wrong religion.
(CNSNews.com) — The Milwaukee Art Museum is getting complaints from the Milwaukee archbishop, members of the public, and even some of its donors over its plans to display a huge portrait of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.
“This piece is made out of 17,000 nonlubricated condoms,” artist Niki Johnson recently told WITI television in Milwaukee. “What I did was inter-stuffed them and folded them in order to create this tonal range.”
The portrait, titled “Eggs Benedict,” measures almost seven feet high and five feet wide, and it can be viewed from both the front and the back: “When you come to the back, you see the condoms themselves,” Johnson noted.
Johnson told the WITI she decided to make the latex mosaic after Pope Benedict’s visit to Africa in 2009. Benedict said condoms would not resolve the AIDS epidemic: “On the contrary, it increases the problem,” he said at the time.
“And I was just dumbfounded,” Johnson said. “I mean, I couldn’t make any sense of that statement. And so I figured I needed to do something.”
Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki says the museum’s decision to display the piece is insulting and callous, the Associated Press reported. Some patrons have dropped their membership, and at least one donor has ended financial support of the not-for-profit museum.