LIFE SIZE PETE DOHERTY CRUCIFIXION SCULPTURE TO BE UNVEILED IN LONDON CHURCH.
PRESS RELEASE. 17th FEBRUARY 2015
As Pete Doherty returns to London this week for the Brit Awards, a life size marble statue of Doherty being crucified will be unveiled at London's St.Marylebone Parish Church on Thursday 19th February at the Private View of Art Below's ‘Stations of the Cross’ Exhibition.
The Lifesize sculpture titled 'For Pete's Sake' will go on sale for £33,000 and was originally made in 2008 as a collaboration between Pete Doherty and his artist friend Nick Reynolds assisted by Schoony who specialises in life casts.
Nick Reynolds says ‘When I created this work I saw Pete being crucified by the media and that provided the basis of my inspiration to make this piece'
This will be the first time the sculpture has been seen in public and will appear in the middle of this historic 200 year old church alongside other works depicting the Passion of Christ by artists including Paul Benney, Nasser Azam, Angelica Cayzer, Wolfe Lenkiewicz and Charlie Mackesy.
‘Stations of the Cross’ will be open to the public until 17th March and is the second crucifixion themed exhibition to be curated by Ben Moore in support of the Missing Tom Fund set up to find Tom Moore (brother of Ben Moore) who has been missing since 2003.
Ben Moore says 'I welcome artwork that raises debate and ultimately creates more awareness towards finding my brother Tom'
In the run up to Easter selected works from the show will be showcased by Art Below across billboard space on the London Underground in stations that have a symbolic link to the theme including King's Cross, Charing Cross, Temple, St.Paul's, Angel and Marylebone.
The Revd Canon Stephen Evans of St.Marylebone Chruch says ‘Doherty’s battle with addiction and a self-destructive lifestyle have been well catalogued in the press throughout his career; today, having successfully completed rehab treatment in Thailand, Doherty seeks to live a new life free of the things which had nearly destroyed him. I hope that 'For Pete's Sake' might help visitors to the exhibition stop and reflect not only Christ’s Passion and Resurrection and what this means but also to stop and reflect on what in their own lives leads to death or to life.'