Five years ago when Canadian artist Timothy P. Schmalz visited inner city Toronto, he saw a homeless person sleeping on a bench – an image most Baltimore residents are all too familiar with. Keep reading to learn more about the inspiration behind the “Homeless Jesus” statue that now has a temporary home in Baltimore.
What is the “Homeless Jesus” Statue?
As a Christian artist, Schmalz found himself inspired by the image he stumbled upon in Toronto and chose to create something that would represent that figure under the blanket as the presence of Jesus. Schmalz created a bronze sculpture featuring wounds on both of the exposed feet of the figure – dubbed “Homeless Jesus. Today, replicas of his statue are featured in more than 60 cities, including Rome and Dublin. In Rome, it actually stands on the grounds of the Vatican! Many people stop and gaze at the sculpture, debating its meaning and finding their own inspiration. Want to know more about homeless youth in Baltimore? Click here.
“Homeless Jesus” Comes to Baltimore for Lent
Baltimore is recent on the list of cities to welcome “Homeless Jesus” to the neighborhood. Our city version was officially unveiled on Ash Wednesday at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Archbishop William E. Lori blessed the life-size statue, stained with wood-and-resin. For the duration of lent, which takes place March 1st to April 13th this year, the Baltimore Archdiocese has made the statue available for churches and schools in Baltimore to borrow. See “Homeless Jesus” photo here.
How Long will ‘Homeless Jesus’ Stay in Baltimore?
According to The Baltimore Sun:
“Once every site that wants to borrow this version of “Homeless Jesus” has had the chance to do so, the archdiocese will return it to Schmalz, who will supply a full-fledged bronze model for permanent display on the grounds of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in downtown Baltimore. The full-sized permanent work measures about 8 feet in length and features a frail-looking individual asleep on a park bench, the face and body covered by a blanket, bare feet protruding.”
Talk to My Brother’s Keeper About Helping the Homeless
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