Lifesize sculpture of the crucifixion of Pete Doherty goes on show at St. Marylebone Parish Church
PUBLISHED: 15:25 19 February 2015 | UPDATED: 16:36 19 February 2015
A life size marble statue of infamous rockstar Pete Doherty being crucified has been unveiled at St. Marylebone Parish Church.
The statue has gone on show this week as part of the ‘Stations of the Cross’ Exhibition, as Pete Doherty returns to London this week for the Brit Awards,
The lifesize sculpture titled ‘For Pete’s Sake’ will go on sale for £33,000 and was originally made in 2008 as a collaboration between Pete Doherty and his artist friend Nick Reynolds, assisted by Schoony who specialises in life casts.
This will be the first time the sculpture has been seen in public and it will appear in the middle of the 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 March 17, and is the second crucifixion themed exhibition to be curated by Ben Moore in support of the Missing Tom Fund set up to find his brother Tom Moore, who has been missing since 2003.
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.
Nick Reynolds said: “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.”
The Revd Canon Stephen Evans of St.Marylebone Chruch said; “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.”