Burning crucifix 'artwork' stirs Brac protests

A controversial 15-foot-tall sculpture featuring a bloody crucifix with the carving of a goat’s head and the numbers 666 has gone up in smoke, set alight by the artist who created it. 

Ron Kynes, who goes by the name “Foots,” said he had always intended to burn the piece. 

“The prop was meant to be burned down,” he said. “When I burned it on Friday, that marked the end of the Anti-Christ … if he fell, evil has ended now.”
He said he is preparing the second phase of a trilogy using the burnt remains of the original “Apocalypse Now” sculpture. The third phase will be placed atop a huge rock, he said. 

Some Cayman Brac residents said they do not appreciate the artistic works, calling the items disrespectful to the Christian community. Some have demanded that the government intervene.  

Mr. Kynes said none of those who complained attended the burning of the sculpture. However, the fire service, police and a number of people took videos and photographed it. 

His sculpture prompted numerous complaints, but police said he is breaking no laws. He said people had previously vandalized the sculpture by smashing it, spray painting it and pouring gasoline on it.  

“In the beginning, we had many [protests] about the burning of the sculpture, but I announced it for three days that I would burn it down and had written permission through the Department of Environmental Health,” he said. 

According to the Brac District Commissioner’s office, neither District Commissioner Ernie Scott nor Deputy Commissioner Mark Tibbetts was notified of the burning. However, they said they were aware of plans to burn the sculpture as far back as May 2014. 

Mr. Scott said he was not aware of a stir among the Brac residents, but said he learned that the burn did attract the attention of vehicular traffic in the area. 

“When I burned it on Friday, that marked the end of the Anti-Christ … if he fell, evil has ended now.” Foots, 

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Foots’ sculpture before he set fire to it.

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Firefighters put out the burning sculpture.
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  1. Ron Kynes’s work of art needed burning to ash. The original piece featured a toilet, if memory serves. It was offensive to everyone except the artist. And what has happened to Foots’s underwater cavalcade of Atlantis? I think there’s still a grim crowd of beige cement sculptures standing in the bush off the north side Stake Bay entrance to the sea. At least there are no goats’ heads nailed there.

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