Homeless Jesus


I had long been wanting to visit this reclining statue in front of Centenary House, at premises of the Salvation Army in Belfast's Victoria street. Designed by Canadian sculptor, Timothy Schmaltz it portrays Jesus as a homeless person. 

Even though most of the statue is covered by a blanket, we know exactly who the person is by the piercings on the feet. Wounds of the crucifixion.

The sculptor intended to challenge onlookers and it certainly had that effect. Someone has left a rolled-up bundle of clothes alongside adding to the poignancy of the scene.

There are dozens of copies of the statue around the world although, as this Wikipedia article  points out, reaction has been varied. 

I think its challenge on behalf of rough sleepers certainly hits home.