Chocolate Jesus Easter Exhibit Cancelled, Hotel "Affirms Dignity"
In response to the public outcry over the life-sized 6-foot chocolate Jesus, naked and hanging on a cross, during the Catholic Lent week leading up to Easter, the Roger Smith Hotel has decided to cancel the exhibit.
According to a press release from the hotel, James Knowles, the president of the Roger Smith Hotel, said the feelings of Catholics and Christians, who announced via the Catholic League their intentions to boycott the exhibit — and the subsequent news media wall-to-wall coverage of the outraged citizens protesting the idea of a naked figure of Jesus in chocolate — were "crystal clear". Knowles said they decided to "affirm the dignity and responsibility of the Hotel" by cancelling the controversial exhibit.
"I’m truly thrilled to be working with Cosimo again," said Matt Semler Creative Director of the Lab. "The sign of any great artist is how their work affects the observer. His art always gets a reaction, but this is the most dramatic piece of his career. It is absolutely amazing."
Although Cavallaro has work in permanent collections of museums world-wide, he is best remembered for covering a New York City hotel room in melted cheese (1999).