200-Pound Milk Chocolate Jesus Causes Controversy
The New York exhibition of a milk chocolate, all-nude, anatomically correct statue of Jesus set to go on display Good Friday was cancelled due to Catholic outrage, reports USA Today.
The "My Sweet Lord" display was shut down by the Manhattan hotel in which the exhibition was set to occur. The gallery's creative director, Matt Semlar, resigned in protest, reports USA Today.
Cardinal Edward Egan led the protest, calling the exhibition a "sickening display," according to the Associated Press.
The hotel was forced to cancel the display after some of the angry letters threatened the lives of the artist and the gallery personnel were threatened, reports USA Today.
The artist, Cosimo Cavallaro, is recognized for his creative use of food as art, reports the Associated Press.
"Past efforts include repainting a Manhattan hotel room in melted mozzarella, spraying five tons of pepper jack cheese on a Wyoming home, and festooning a four-poster bed with 312 pounds of processed ham," reports USA Today.