Days later, it was back — with an apology note.
Timothy Schmalz's "Whatsoever You Do," a 100-pound resin sculpture representing Jesus as a beggar with an outstretched, nail-scarred hand, was stolen from outside a Kensington Market church in Toronto last Saturday afternoon.
The fibreglass sculpture had been sitting outside the Church of Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields on College Street since September. It was loaned to the church until it could raise enough funds to replace the statue with a bronze version.
"The biggest concern for me is that we have lots of homeless and marginalized people around this church, and this was the first depiction of Jesus they could relate to," Reverend Maggie Helwig told the Toronto Star. "It's not so much a theft from the church as a theft from the community."
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