Homeless Jesus statue installed in Glasgow city centre

homeless-jesusA sculpture depicting Jesus as a homeless person sleeping on a bench has been installed at Nelson Mandela Place in Glasgow.

Homelessness charity Bethany Christian Trust joined Glasgow City Mission for the unveiling of ‘Homeless Jesus’ outside St George’s Tron Church.

Sculpted by artist Timothy Schmalz, the sculpture is of a person sleeping on a park bench covered in a blanket, with pierced feet. The hope is that this striking statue will draw awareness to the plight of so many who sleep rough in the city and throughout Scotland

Planning permission for the sculpture was granted earlier this year.


Scottish artist Peter Howson has made a painting of a homeless Jesus that will be shown alongside the statue.

Glasgow priest Father Willy Slavin helped bring the sculpture to Scotland. He was contacted by Mr Schmalz in 2015, and took the idea to the Glasgow Churches Together association.

The cost of the project was £25,000, with money raised through local churches and pro bono work.

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