A Facebook user posted a photo showing a 3-D image of Jesus Christ being crucified on a dartboard this week. The Facebook user, Natalie Caruso, claims she saw the image hanging on a wall at the taxpayer-funded Alexander Library on the flagship campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.
The 3-D image features Jesus, wearing just a loincloth, hanging on the dartboard with his arms outstretched. Two darts pin his arms — at the numbers 12 and 18. A third date can be seen puncturing the right side of Christ’s ribcage.
Caruso, who identifies herself as a former Rutgers student, posted the photograph on Wednesday.
“This is currently displayed in the Art Library on College Ave,” Caruso wrote. “It is surprising that a state university would allow this. I asked them to take it down because I found it disrespectful and they refused. How is this acceptable!?”
Later, on Thursday, George Asham, a current Rutgers student, posted a photo of what he said was the same wall space. The space is blank in Asham’s photo, suggesting that the 3-D image of Jesus being crucified had been removed — or, possibly, was never there at all.
Campus Reform contacted Rutgers officials in an attempt to trace the genesis of the image. No one replied.
The photo Caruso posted on Facebook is vaguely reminiscent of “Piss Christ,” the famous 1987 photo by New York City photographer Andres Serrano. That image, which features a plastic figurine of Jesus Christ hanging on a cross and submerged in a yellow liquid which Serrano claims is his very own urine, won Serrano a $15,000 award sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federally-funded agency.
Serrano now does work for The New York Times. In 2015, the newspaper sent him to take photographs of shaggy, show-worthy Angora rabbits — with names including Alfredo, Hagrid and Shamwow — at the National Angora Show held inside a barn in Palmyra, N.Y. (RELATED: The ‘Piss Christ’ Guy Is Now Reduced To Taking Pictures Of Fluffy, Docile Rabbits)