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Artist Timothy Schmalz’s work is in front of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Davidson. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)
By JON COX
A man lies on a bench in front of the brick façade of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, huddled against the wind under a thin coat. But he doesn’t feel the cold—he’s made of bronze, and a plaque identifies him as “Homeless Jesus,” a sculpture by Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz.
This lifelike sculpture of a vagrant in the middle of the picture-perfect St. Alban’s neighborhood has sparked a conversation about homelessness and the purpose of public art, both locally and in national publications like the Huffington Post.
And that, St. Alban’s senior warden Peter Macon said during a dedication ceremony on Sunday, is exactly what it was intended to do. Read the full story
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