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When I Was Naked Sculpture

If you haven’t already noticed it, please be sure to take a stroll along the south side of the cathedral to view our very own Timothy Schmalz sculpture. Mr. Schmalz is a renowned sculptor who has pieces all over the world, including one at the Vatican.

We are grateful to Bob & Carmen Hodge and to St. Rose Parish for their generosity in making this possible.

The statue is titled “When I Was Naked”. Based on Matthew 25, “When I Was Naked” confronts our prejudices against the impoverished and compels us to look deeper for a glimpse of the divinity and dignity within them.

For over 25 years, Timothy Schmalz has been sculpting large scale sculptures. He is a figurative artist with his pieces installed worldwide. Some of his most reputed pieces are installed in historical churches in Rome and at the Vatican. Timothy describes his most important work as visual translations of the Bible.

"I am devoted to creating artwork that glorifies Christ. The reason for this devotion, apart from my Christian beliefs, is that an artist needs an epic subject to create epic art. I describe my sculptures as being visual prayers. Christian sculpture acts for many as a gateway into the Gospels and the viewer’s own spirituality. After looking at an interesting piece of art the viewer is curious. 'Who is this man on a cross? Why does he suffer?' The more powerful the representation of the art, the more powerful the questions become. Creating art that has the power to convert. Creating sculpture that deepens our spirituality. Attaining these two goals describes my purpose as an artist."
For more inofrmation on Timothy Schmalz and his sculptures, please visit his website:

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