Tuesday, June 15, 2010

and God smote shitty art ...

... and the people rejoiced.



A six-story-tall statue of Jesus Christ [nicknamed Touchdown Jesus] with his arms raised along a highway was struck by lightning in a thunderstorm Monday night and burned to the ground, police said.

17 comments:

fuinseoig said...

I appreciate the good intentions of the people, but yeah, it was a pretty awful statue.

Tina in Ashburn said...

and humanity was saved...

from bad art

Suburbanbanshee said...

In the words of Dr. Lizardo, "Laugh-a while you can, monkey girl." :) It was goofy, but I'll miss it along the highway.

Looked at some file photos from our local newspaper. It apparently was a lot better looking from every other vantage point _but_ the highway, which is weird. I still don't know what Jesus was supposed to be doing, either. (Ascension? Rising from His grave?)

The really annoying thing for the congregation is that they just powerwashed and repainted it this spring. But I guess when you build a statue from spray foam, it's bound to be ephemeral.

Charlie said...

The Wrong Company of Belmont Abbey College will now turn their pious prayers to God -- supplicating him, in his tender mercy, to do likewise to our basilica's dragonfly Jesus.

Robert said...

Hi Cat,
This is off the subject, but you're the art expert,can you identify The Mystery Saint?

Mimi said...

That was EXACTLY my reaction when I heard.

johnkgibson said...

You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, d--- you! XXX XXXX you all to hell!

Taylor - Planet of the Apes

Jeff Miller said...

I wonder if there is any connection to Thomas Kincaid being arrested for drunk driving. Divine judgement on art? I can only hope.

Cheryl said...

I lived close to that thing for years, and Jesus became the butt of way too many bad jokes. Heck, we thought it was Peter drowning at first. Unfortunately, they plan to recreate it.

s-p said...

Jesus just won't look the same with a lightning rod coming out of His forehead.

Niall Mor said...

Johnkgibson beat me to it! That was the first thing I thought of when I saw that picture. The second thing was The Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail: "I'll do you for that! I'll bite your knees off!"

Andrea said...

Praise be to God.

Denita said...

And they say there is no God...

Christine the Soccer Mom said...

I could swear that was Butter Jesus. Have to research that one. Hubby's driven by Butter Jesus and has pictures of him...it... um.

Looked it up...

IT IS BUTTER JESUS!

Wait'll I tell Hubby that God smote that big ol' thing!

Christine the Soccer Mom said...

My 11 year old said, "God obviously hated that statue."

And then I was thinking that I'd never heard it called "Touchdown Jesus" (since that's ND's).

And then I thought:

My Touchdown Jesus is better than yours. Damn right, better than yours.

And then I wondered if I ought to go to Confession for that. Or for laughing that Butter Jesus got smote.

Anthony S. "Tony" Layne said...

Apparently the Lord of Hosts isn't pleased with crapburger art, either ....

Suburbanbanshee said...

Our local cartoonist Mike Peters is mourning in his own special way. :)

http://projects.daytondailynews.com/cache/galleries/photos/2259794/

Somebody opined that it was supposed to be Jesus getting baptized... Other people said He looked too much Moses.