This holiday season, the Illinois State Capitol is celebrating both Santa and Satan.
A statue designed and funded by the Satanic Temple of Chicago is on display in the statehouse in Springfield along with a Christmas tree, Nativity scene, and a menorah.
The resin sculpture, which the Satanic Temple has dubbed a "Snaketivity," depicts a hand holding an apple, with a snake wrapped around it. The arm and hand are 18 inches tall, said Dave Druker, the press secretary for the Illinois Secretary of State's office, which maintains the capitol building.
The figure rests on a 4-foot tall base that reads "Knowledge is the greatest gift."
When Chicago's Satanic Temple announced the design on Instagram last month, the group said they were "bringing a message to the Illinois state capital that religious freedom means freedom of representation for ALL religions… not just the ones that don't offend Christians."
The group launched a GoFundMe page with the goal of raising $1,500 to cover construction, transportation and installation costs.