An artwork depicting a crucified stormtrooper has been removed just before its grand unveiling.
The controversy-baiting artwork — simply titled Crucified Stormtrooper — had intended to be a part of Art Below's Stations of the Cross exhibition, held at St. Stephen Walbrook church. The sculpture was removed after numerous complaints from the church's parishioners after the morning service, perhaps unsurprisingly.
If you're desperate to see a crucified stormtrooper and just heartbroken about its removal from the exhibition, fear not. The piece — by Ryan Callanan — is for sale. It's a snip at £12,000 and we think it's the perfect piece to complete anybody's master bedroom.
The exhibition is still going ahead featuring other works, including some by the esteemed Francis Bacon.
Despite the furore, this still isn't the most controversial crucifixion in London's history. That dubious honour has to go to Joseph de Havilland who crucified himself on Hampstead Heath.
Update: The Diocese of London have got in touch, and a compromise has been reached. The work will remain for the exhibition, but has been moved to a less distracting place for worshippers.