Archdiocese of Birmingham

Church to display £18k statue of Jesus

Thu 23 Nov 2017
By Tola Mbakwe

A life-size statue of Christ, made of nails, will soon be installed at a church in the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

Sorrows of Steel, by sculptor Shaun Gagg, will be a focal point for the newly-refurbished Lady Chapel of Holy Cross & St Francis Catholic Church, Walmley.

Priest, Fr Neil Bayliss said art has played a big role in the church and would be "special" for the redevelopment of the building.

"I thought the sculpture should be in a church where Christians can see it, reflect on it and get inspiration," he said. "It is an amazing sight and one which I want many others to share in.

"Many parishioners have taken the chance to see the artwork whilst it has been on display in a local art gallery, and were fully supportive of my proposal to buy it."

Archdiocese of Birmingham
Sorrows of Steel


The archdiocese told Premier the statue cost £18,000 but refused to comment on previous reports questioning whether the statue is good value for money.

However, Deacon Paul O'Connor, Head of Planning for the Archdiocese of Birmingham, said in a statement: "The statue is an inspiration, worthy and fitting for Holy Cross & St Francis.

"It is perfectly legitimate for a parish which is financially well-run, well-maintained and carries out social outreach projects to use sacred art to further witness to the glory of God and inspire its people."

It is hoped Sorrows of Steel will be installed before Christmas.

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