A catholic church in Uckfield, England felt that the congregation of Our Lady Immaculate and St. Philip Neri Catholic Church needed a pick me up. Their long suffering worship needed a change... a breath of fresh air if you will. So Father David Buckley got a hold of famed sculptor Marcus Cornish to spruce up the Lord and Savior.
"Jesus in blue jeans" is what the sculpture is called and the congregation overwhelmingly wanted it. The statue depicts Christ as a 21st century man, wearing blue jeans, a shirt, windblown hair, and a closely cropped beard. Instead of the usual outstretched arms, this Christ is seen almost double gun pointing making Jesus go from the Lord and Savior for millions of Christians around the world into douche Abercrombie model beboppin' and scattin' through eternity.
But Father Buckley is not at all worried about what people will think about his new "Buddy Christ"...
"You are always looking for new ways to enrich people in the experience of Christianity and it is good people can be open-minded to appreciate it. On the continent you often encounter modern representations of Jesus but it is not so common over here. We wanted a figure of Christ not in suffering but dynamic and welcoming. We felt this design summed up the spirit and activity of Christ perfectly and I think it speaks for itself."