The Satanic Temple’s Statue, Intended for Installation Outside the Oklahoma Capitol Building, Is Almost Ready December 15, 2014

The Satanic Temple’s Statue, Intended for Installation Outside the Oklahoma Capitol Building, Is Almost Ready

It was just a drawing before, but now we have something very tangible indeed: The Satanic Church’s sculpture of Baphomet flanked by fresh-faced children has been bronzed and is being assembled as I write this. In a matter of months, it could share pride of place with the Ten Commandments monument in front of Okahoma’s Capitol building.

Vice paid a visit to sculptor Mark Porter‘s work space and found that

… different parts of the sculpture lay scattered across the property. The bust sat on a wooden table inside a sort of open-air shed, while the torso rested nearby on a smaller table. The hooves and arms were splayed out on the ground nearby. The following day, Porter, along with two other men, would begin the arduous process of welding the disparate pieces together to create a smooth, fluid sculpture meant to serve as a testament to the equal representation of all religions under United States law.

Thanks to Vice and Porter, there are pictures! For instance:

Satanic Church spokesman Lucien Greaves clarifies that the installation of the sculpture is not quite a done deal yet.

[I]nstalling the statue in Oklahoma is contingent on the Ten Commandments monument being rebuilt after a drunk guy who heard voices in his head pissed on the slab b​efore smashing his car into it last October. If it’s not rebuilt, the Temple will stop trying to put Baphomet on the statehouse yard. According to Greaves, the existence of the Ten Commandments statue is essential to his organization’s goals with this project. …

“The message behind Baphomet is a reconciliation of the opposites, not this call to arms of one against one but a merging of the two. That’s part of the reason that it can only exist standing next to the Ten Commandments. That’s part of the message. We wouldn’t want to proselytize as a single voice in the public square.”

If you’d like to see more images of this exciting work-in-progress, click here.

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