From the Catholic Times
dated August 24, 2002:
by Fintan Deere
A sculpture depicting Jesus with 12 famous vegetarians instead of
disciples at the Last Supper has gone on display on Dublin's main
The sculpture by American artist Greg Metz is called The Diner
and Dublin is its first stop on a European tour. It is 27 feet long and
has been put on display in front of the General Post Office on O'Connell
It depicts the Last Supper in a three-dimensional 1950's-style diner,
with famous vegetarians such as Albert Einstein, writer George Bernard
Shaw and Gandhi seated at it.
One side of the work features them eating a "non-violent" meal, while
the other displays images of factory farming, genetic engineering and
the slaughter of animals.
Sculptor Metz said his work was a "political statement" on how the
meat industry treats animals.
"Animals on factory farms are being crucified every day and betrayed
by the meat eater at the table," he said.
The exhibition is organised by People for the Ethical Treatment of
Animals. It will also be displayed in Milan, home of Leonardo da Vinci's
The Last Supper on which it is modelled.
Reproduced with thanks.