Sorrows of Steel sculpture

An inspiring, life-size statue of Christ, made exclusively of nails, will soon be installed at a Sutton
Coldfield church.
Sorrows of Steel, by sculptor Shaun Gagg, will be a focal point for the newly-refurbished Lady Chapel
of Holy Cross and St Francis Catholic Church, Walmley.
The proposal for the installation has been approved by the Archdiocese of Birmingham Committee for Art and Architecture.
Parish priest, Father Neil Bayliss, said: “I thought the sculpture should be in a church where
Christians can see it, reflect on it and get inspiration. 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.
“Art plays a huge role in the church and this was a great opportunity for us to add something extra
special to the redevelopment of the Lady Chapel.”
Deacon Paul O’Connor, Head of Planning for the Archdiocese of Birmingham, said: “The statue is an
inspiration, worthy and fitting for Holy Cross and 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.”

Close up of the face of the scuplture

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

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