Star Wars stormtrooper in crucifix sculpture ‘blasphemy’ row in Gidea Park


Gallery owner Mark Belda and artist Ryan Callanan with the Stormtroopers
Stormtroopers usually need no defending when under the command of Star Wars villain Darth Vader.

By Sam BlewettRomford Recorder

But an artist has fended off criticism of his “blasphemous” sculpture depicting one of the Galactic Empire soldiers being crucified, which is displayed in the window of a Gidea Park gallery.

Devout Christian Sarah Jenkin reported The Picture Frame Gallery, Main Road, Gidea Park, to Trading Standards for the artwork made by Collier Row artist Ryan Callanan.

“It’s extremely blasphemous and offensive,” said Mrs Jenkin, 48, of Gidea Park. “Some people may find it funny but, as a Christian, I don’t.

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