Last year the Smithsonian censored a show being shown at the Nation Portrait Gallery at the urging of Bill Donahue. The piece, David Wojnarowicz’s “A Fire in My Belly,” showed video of ants crawling across a crucifix. I made this sculpture for the one-year anniversary, and for Donahue who continues to describe the video as “hate speech.”

Symbols should not get special protection; in fact, they should be enveloped by cephalopods.

Octopus vs. Jesus

Untitled (Octopus & Crucifix), 2011, Pewter, brass and walnut.

Octopus cross (left)

Why did you make this?

See above.

What is it made out of?

Pewter, brass, and walnut

How big is it?

Approximately 11in tall, 6in wide, and 3in deep.

Is this for sale?

Yes. I am auctioning it on eBay. 100% of proceeds are being donated to the American Humanist Asssociation

Why make it a year later?

Because it took me a while to finish it.

Why an octopus?

PZ Myers inspired the octopus. I considered snails all over Jesus (I happen to think snails are awesome), but I liked the image of an octopus enveloping his head better.

Is this supposed to be serious?

No. It is supposed to be well-made and nice to look at, however.

Why are you offending me?

If my art offends you, don’t look at it. I’m not going to make you.

This art is hate speech, how dare you make something like this!?

That’s not really a question… but no it’s not hate speech. I don’t hate Catholics. If it bothers you, see above.

Are you diminishing Wojnarowicz’s work by making a derivative work?

I hope not. His work has gotten more coverage than mine ever will. Mine is simply a tongue in cheek homage to his. I hope that it stands on its own in some regards.


My views and opinions in no way reflect the views or opinions of the American Humanist Association. This art, and any comments expressed here are solely the responsibility of the artist or the author.