Jesus in Jeans Statue Depicts Christ as a Cool Dude

May 13, 2009

(ChattahBox)— A small English church is bucking tradition with its new statue of Jesus dressed like a modern-day cool dude. A new seven-foot high bronze statue of Jesus wearing a billowy loose shirt and baggy jeans was unveiled at a Catholic church outside of London this week.

The modern statue named, “Jesus in Jeans,” depicts Christ as a common, modern-day man of the people, in a way he might dress if he were alive today in the twenty-first century.

The statue was funded by a bequest left to Our Lady Immaculate and St Phillip Neri church in Uckfield, by an elderly parishioner who recently passed away. After judging many entries for the design of the statue of Jesus, the provocative design of noted London sculptor, Marcus Cornish won out. Mr. Cornish was a former artist in residence at The Museum of London, whose work is in great demand and is even favored by the Prince of Wales.

The parishioners in this small English parish are proud of their modern day “Jesus in Jeans” statue. Such modern depictions of Christ are usually seen on the “continent,” but not in small English villages.

Mr. Cornish wanted to make Christ appear welcoming, crafting the hunk of bronze with loose fitting contemporary clothing “in order to connect Christ to his people now as much as to his past.”

Father David Buckley is thrilled with the “Jesus in Jeans” statue believing it expands and enriches a person’s faith and personal connection to Christ.

The tall bronze statue shows Jesus with a trimmer beard and shorter hair, which is also a nod to a modern day look.

The statue of Jesus as a “cool dude” will be positioned at the top of the Church’s ancient bell tower with the addition of a gold leaf halo framing his head.

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