A controversial Jesus sculpture depicts homeless life.
A sculptor's work in Ontario is stirring some debate - he has depicted Jesus as a homeless man sleeping on a bench.
The sculpted figure can be seen covered by a ragged blanket. The draped wrap even hides the face, but the large wounds in the bare feet are the tell tale markings of who the work of art is portraying.
The message the statue is conveying is simple – Jesus is depicted relating to the poorest people in the world today, subjected to sleeping in the cold on a public bench. Two highly regarded churches have turned down showcasing the Jesus figure thus far.
The artist states “Homeless Jesus had no home. It was very upsetting because the rectors liked it, but when it got to the administration, people thought it might be too controversial or vague.” For now, Jesus the Homeless is resting outside of the Regis college at the University of Toronto.
In 2007, another Jesus sculpture created controversy. Called “My Sweet Lord”, it weighed approximately 200 pounds and stood 6-feet tall. The statue was derived entirely from chocolate.