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Published:January 22nd, 2016 10:16 EST

'Homeless Jesus' Statue Mistaken for Real Person: Video

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Canadian paramedics have received several calls of a homeless man sleeping on a bench after snow conditions caused locals to confuse a statue for an actual person.

Hamilton Paramedics in Ontario shared a photo of a bronze statue known as `Homeless Jesus` to inform confused citizens that the work of art is not in fact a living person."


"Homeless Jesus" is a bronze sculpture by Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz that depicts Jesus as a homeless person, sleeping on a park bench. The original sculpture was installed at the University of Toronto, but replicas have been installed in various cities.

The statue has been blessed by Pope Francis, but not everybody is enthralled by the controversial work of art. In North Carolina a replica statue was placed by a church, prompting calls to the police who perceived the "homeless person" as a threat.

But in Toronto most of the calls to the police have been placed by concerned citizens who feared the "homeless person" might freeze to death.

Great art is supposed to challenge us, and make us think, by that standard "Homeless Jesus" is a masterpiece.

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