The Banksy Cardinal Sin sculpture represents many things such as the ideas of merit, immortality and religion. Yet Banksy sums it up quite eloquently in one sentence: "I'm never sure who deserves to be put on a pedestal or crushed under one." In this case, he has blurred the lines between these two outcomes by taking a classic bust and making the identity of the poser anonymous by placing a pixelated mask over the face.
Simple yet clever, as is the case with almost all of his works, the Banksy Cardinal Sin sculpture was unveiled at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, England. It has been controversially placed near 17th Century religious art that include large church altarpieces and other religious pieces.