Homeless Jesus was designed by Timothy Schmalz, a Canadian sculptor and "devout" Catholic. It depicts Jesus as a homeless person, sleeping on a park bench. His face and hands are obscured, hidden under a blanket, but crucifixion wounds on his feet reveal his identity. The statues has been described as a "visual translation" of the Gospel of Matthew passage in which Jesus tells his disciples, "as you did it to one of the least of my brothers, you did it to me". Schmalz intended for the bronze sculpture to be provocative, admitting, "That's essentially what the sculpture is there to do. It's meant to challenge people."
Casts of this statue have been placed in quite a few cities around the world. I saw this one in Washington DC.
I'm not really sure what to make of this sculpture. I'm afraid I find it more creepy and disturbing than artistic. Usually, works of art are designed to evoke emotion and get the viewer thinking. The artist has certainly met those goals with this display.
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