Artist Offers Painting To Loveland Church

LOVELAND, Colo. (CBS4) – The artist behind a controversial artwork destroyed in Loveland is offering to create a painting for a church.

The Loveland Reporter-Herald reported Wednesday that the senior pastor of Resurrection Fellowship, Jonathan Wiggins, initiated the conversation with artist Enrique Chagoya after a congregation member asked his stance on the artwork.

Wiggins’ assistant told The Associated Press he wouldn’t comment before discussing the issue at weekend services.

Protesters said the work depicted Jesus engaged in a sex act. A Montana woman is accused of attacking it with a crow bar.

In an Oct. 5 e-mail, Wiggins asked Chagoya to explain the work’s meaning. Chagoya replied that the controversial figure was a corrupted religious icon, not Jesus.

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