Friday, 20 May 2011 16:22

Pope's Statue at Termini


A new statue in memory of Pope John Paul II was unveiled in Rome today. The work is placed in Piazza dei Cinquecento, just outside the Termini rail station.


The bronze statue made by Oliviero Rinaldi has not been widely appreciated. Many Romans argue that it looks like a sentry box and that has little resemblence with Pope Wojtyla. Also the Osservatore Romano, the offical newspaper of the Holy See, criticized the statue.  


Besides the subjective view on this work, it never happened that something new has been immediately liked by the people of the Eternal city. New architectures like the Maxxi or the Ara Pacis are still criticized by many people. Although in this case we tend to agree in not liking it.



Pope John Paul Statue at Termini


Statue of Pope John Paul II at Termini Station 


Statue of Pope John Paul II at Termini







  • Comment Link Sandra - Romaround Friday, 03 June 2011 10:42 posted by Sandra - Romaround

    Betty, thanks for your comment. Your words made me think that perhaps what makes me dislike this work is just what you are saying: it gives an idea of emptiness rather than inclusiveness.

    And this betrays the essence of Pope Woytijla who was a man of great humanity and spirituality.

  • Comment Link Betty Pieper Friday, 03 June 2011 02:31 posted by Betty Pieper

    I pride myself on being a contemporary painter...a lover of the abstract and expressionistic even when representational.
    Seeing a two dimentional view of a three dimensional work is not ideal. At first flush,
    to my eye, however, the dissonance within this
    work is too severe: the more traditional head juxtaposed with the hard bullet like body bereft of innards. One could be forgiven for thinking that the streamlined body expresses emptiness more than inclusiveness or being open to all. Like all work that is not quickly loved, it could become inordinately famous...even popular. Someday.

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