London church unveils Pete Doherty crucifixion statue

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London church unveils Pete Doherty crucifixion statue

A controversial statue of the musician Pete Doherty on the cross has been unveiled to the public for the first time in a London church. The life-size sculpture, titled For Pete's Sake, is suspended above the aisle of St Marylebone Parish Church as part of a wider crucifixion-themed exhibition called Stations of the Cross.

The £33,000 piece of art by artist Nick Reynolds has been labelled blasphemous by some worshippers, but Reynolds says people have "misunderstood" the idea behind the piece which he calls a metaphor for the media attention Doherty courted when the Libertines frontman dated supermodel, Kate Moss. It's the second time the Marylebone-based church has hosted the exhibition.

Despite the controversy, Reverend Stephen Evans says he welcomes the opportunity to engage new people with the church. Stations of the Cross is open at St Marylebone Parish Church until Tuesday 17th March 2015. The exhibition curated by Ben Moore is in support of the Missing Tom Fund, a fund set up to find Tom Moore, Ben's brother, who went missing in 2003.

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