BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Episcopal Diocese unveiled a sculpture depicting a homeless Jesus Tuesday. The sculpture of Jesus wrapped in a blanket, sleeping on a park bench, will stay at Cathedral Park in downtown Buffalo. There was a formal dedication with community members Tuesday afternoon.
Buffalo Rev. Will Mebane, with the Episcopal Diocese, said if the sculpture makes some people uncomfortable, it’s a good thing because from pain comes growth. He said a better understanding of the people who need the most help in our community is the goal.
A Canadian sculptor is the artist behind the piece, which has been regarded by some as controversial. Tim Schmalz, the sculptor, says some think it is an insulting depiction of Jesus. But that isn’t what Pope Francis thinks. He took time to give it his blessing in Rome.