|2011. "It looks like a phone booth from this|
angle," says Bill. "Maybe a direct line
to the Pope."
But the critics - likened to ubiquitous soccer team critics in a NYT article - came out in force. The NYT reported some called the statue a urinal. Others a "bomb"and a "sin." (Imagine if it had gotten attacked on Facebook!)
|close up of the Pope's head on the statue:|
before the remake
|Crowds in Circo Massimo for John Paul II funeral services in 2005|
|2012, modifications in progress|
|2013 - not much different, in our opinion|
|smiley face - 2013|
He is viewed now as smiling more, and with a bit more of a neck. His arm is straightened, they say, the greenish hue evened out, and the statue has its own pedestal.
The sculptor, Oliviero Rainaldi, said he has simply "corrected some mistakes." That the statue now more closely resembles his original vision. Yeah, that and a bunch of soccer critics formed into a committee by the then right-wing mayor no doubt made him see these "mistakes" more clearly.
The critics seem appeased, but we don't see much difference. (Bill: much improved cape, gently parting rather than squared off.) And, the idea of crowd-sourcing a sculpture somehow rubs us the wrong way.
In any event, you can stop by and see for yourself, when your train comes in.
PS - for more on preserving Popes, saints and their bodies, see Theresa Potenza's marvelous piece in the New York Post (and titled, per that paper's style), "Vatican's secret, and deadly, project to mummify saints."