If the hallmark of a great statue is its verisimilitude, then Timothy Schmalz has hit the jackpot. He created a sculpture of a man wrapped in a blanket lying on a bench. It is on temporary display until December 1st outside St Barnabas Episcopal Church in Bay Village in Ohio.
Within twenty minutes of the piece being installed, the local police department had received a call from a person reporting a vagrant taking a nap outside the church.
The pastor, Alex Martin, said that he hoped that the resident had made the phone call “out of a place of love and compassion for a fellow human being” rather than out of annoyance. Who knows?
The piece is supposed to remind residents how serious homelessness is. That may have backfired.
And the person depicted? According to Schmalz, it is Jesus.