Sun, 30 Jun 2013 07:00:00 GMT | By AFP

Statue of Pope Francis installed at Argentina cathedral

The sculpture, made of fiberglass and resin, is in a courtyard closed to the public, but can be glimpsed from the street, where the pontiff appears to be smiling and waving


Statue of Pope Francis installed at Argentina cathedral (© AFP)

Buenos Aires: A life-size sculpture of Pope Francis was installed yesterday on a patio outside Buenos Aires' cathedral, where Jorge Bergoglio presided over daily Masses before he became pope in March.

The sculpture, made of fiberglass and resin, is in a courtyard closed to the public, but can be glimpsed from the street, where the pontiff appears to be smiling and waving.

It is part of a project by artist Fernando Pugliese to populate Buenos Aires with variously sized sculptures of the first pope from Latin America, in public and private spaces related to Bergoglio's life in Argentina.

"I've known Jorge Bergoglio for 14 years. I've always admired him and his very humble personality fascinates me," the artist told reporters.

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