Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rally to Stormtrooper's Cause but Perhaps Not in a Wren Church

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rally to Stormtrooper's Cause but Perhaps Not in a Wren Church

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Byline: William Moore Notebook

TODAY, a new sculpture of the Crucifixion was due to be unveiled near the altar of St Stephen Walbrook in the Square Mile.

So what, you might think? This is a dog-bites-man story, surely? But this is not a conventional Crucifixion scene. In the place of Jesus, a life-sized Stormtrooper from the original Star Wars films hangs on the cross. Whether his face is divinely serene or twisted in agony, none can say, since his helmet covers his face. And thanks to his bulky shoulder pads, his arms can't fully stretch out across the horizontal beam. But otherwise, his body language is as Christ-like as they come. He even has a halo.

Crucified Stormtrooper, by street artist RYCA (real name: Ryan Callanan), is part of an exhibition called Stations of the Cross, but if you want to visit St Stephen Walbrook to see how well the sculpture sits with the Henry Moore altar, you can't. A backlash from parishioners at yesterday's morning service meant the work was removed later in the day. …

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