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Artwork removed from church following complaints from parishioners
The life-sized stormtrooper crucifixion sculpture was due to be unveiled tomorrow as part of Art Below's ‘Stations of the Cross’ exhibition, which also features the work of Francis Bacon.

LONDON.- The life size white imperial stormtrooper from the original 1977 Star Wars film hung on a wooden cross titled ‘Crucified Stormtrooper’ will go on sale for £12,000 and is by Ryan Callanan, an artist who, under his street artist pseudonym of RYCA, has worked with Kasabian and Fatboy Slim.

St.Walbrook, the historic dome shaped church designed by Christopher Wren in 1672 based in the heart of the City of London will host Art Below's 'Stations of the Cross' until 23rd March and includes crucifixion themed artworks by artists Paul Benney, Ricardo Cinalli, Sebastian Horsley and Ben Eine. The exhibition also features a pastel drawing that Francis Bacon donated to his Italian lover Cristiano Lovatelli Ravarino between 1977 and 1992.

This will be the third crucifixion themed exhibition to be curated by Ben Moore in support of the Missing Tom Fund set up to find Tom Moore (brother of Ben Moore) who has been missing since 2003.

Art Below’s 2015 ‘Stations of the Cross’ Exhibition at London’s St.Marylebone Parish Church included a life-size body cast of Pete Doherty nailed to a cross entitled ‘For Pete’s Sake’ and attracted media attention worldwide. The First Stations of the Cross Exhibition took place at St.Marylebone Paris Church - 6th March to 17th April 2014 and was showcased on billboard space across the London Underground and included work by Antony Micallef, Mat Collishaw, Polly Morgan, Paul Fryer Alison Jackson and Bran Symondson.

Prior to the forced removal of the work, Revd Jonathan Evens of St Stephen Walbrook had said:

'This is an exhibition of images designed to provoke thought from artists grappling with their response to the challenge and scandal of Christ's cross. Among these, Ryan Callahan's Stormtrooper Crucifixion may be viewed as being among the more controversial images in the exhibition. For me this image raises similar questions to those which CS Lewis raised in his science fiction trilogy i.e. that, were other races to exist on other planets, would Christ be incarnated among those races in order to die for their salvation? Lewis’ view, which he sets out in the story running through the trilogy, is that Christ would do so. For Christians, Ryan Callahan's image can lead us a similar conclusion. I commend these images to you as image that can open our ideas and minds to new reflections on the eternal significance of Christ's sacrifice.’

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