BAPHOMET UNVEILING

Ritual performance, 2015

Hosted by The Satanic Temple and organized/curated by Jex Blackmore and The Satanic Temple of Detroit, the temple's long-awaited Baphomet monument was unveiled during the largest public Satanic ceremony in history. Weighing one ton and standing nearly 9-feet tall, the bronze goat-headed idol drew opposition and protests from local Christians as well as a coalition of pastors who demanded the event be shut down. The event featured performances by Detroit noise legends, Wolf Eyes -- described on their website as “more than a band, but a collective mutant ensemble, an art abstraction unit,” --  Boston-based dark punk act, Sadist and DJ William Morrison (of avant industrial acts Skinny Puppy and OhGr). Photos by Matt Anderson, Jeannette Fleury and Chris Switzer.

The unveiling was featured in the season finale of CNN's This is Life with Lisa Ling.