Sculptor Timothy Schmalz, from St. Jacobs, Ontario carved a statue of a man – completely wrapped in an old cloth, except for his feet, which display the wounds suffered during the crucifixion. The work was deemed too controversial and was turned down by St. Michael’s Cathedral in Toronto, as well as St. Patrick’s Cathedral, in New York.
After two years of wandering, the sculpture has found a home in the Vatican – the wooden model will be housed in one of the Vatican houses, and a life-sized bronze version will be displayed – pending the city of Rome’s approval – near St. Peter’s Basilica.
Pope Francis has called the sculpture “beautiful.”
Visit the artist’s website, linked here.