Toronto Through My Lens

“Homeless Jesus”

In front of Regis College at 100 Wellesley Street West there resides a bronze statue inspired by Matthew: 25. Homeless Jesus – aka Jesus the Homeless – was installed in 2013 by Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz. It highlights how Christ could be mistaken for a marginalized individual living on the street.

The Christ figure is shrouded in a blanket with His face covered; the only visual indication the figure is Jesus is the visible wounds on the feet.

At the doors of Regis College, U of T, is a bronze sculpture by Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz depicting Jesus as a homeless person, sleeping on a park bench.

Worldwide Versions

There are multiple versions of the sculpture located worldwide, including the Vatican, New York and Madrid. In Canada, there are five other locations, including Ottawa and Hamilton.

Here are a few versions of this sculpture from around the world. Photos courtesy of the sculptor’s website:

Washington, D.C.
Vatican City
St. John the Divine Cathedral, New York City
St. George’s Tron Church, Glasgow, Scotland
St. Anne’s Square, Manchester, England
Sant’Egidio, Antwerp, Belgium
Sant’Egidio Headquarters, Trastevere, Rome
Hungary, Country Wide Tour, 2017-2018
Holy Magdalena Church, Bruges, Belgium
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland
Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, Singapore
Capernaum, Israel
Almundena Cathedral, Madrid, Spain

3 Comments

  1. Michal

    https://www.google.com/search?q=st.+michael%27s+college+schmalz+dante+sculpture&oq=st.+michael%27s+college+schmalz+dante+sculpture&aqs=chrome..69i57j33i160.36582j0j1&client=ms-android-samsung-ss&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8

    The link above is to a new project by Schmalz at St .Michael’s College. Very exciting.

    Thanks for the lovely post which helps bring us together across the world.

    • Marvin Job

      Very interesting. He’s such a prolific and talented artist.

  2. David

    I didn’t realize this sculpture was all around the world. It is a lovely, if not sombre statue

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