Catholic artist Timothy P. Schmalz sought to find and bring to life the most important subject matter an artist could ever express.
“I wanted to create a sculpture project that would be the heart of Christianity,” the Canadian sculptor said.
His new creation, once finished, will be a life-size set of the 14 Stations of the Cross — scenes depicting Christ’s journey from being condemned to death to his burial — placed right next to Disney World. The faithful will be able to encounter the 12-foot-tall, 11-foot-wide sculptures at the Basilica of Our Lady Queen of the Universe in Orlando, Florida.
“I hope to rival Universal Studios, Walt Disney, and every other feature in Orlando by creating what has never been done before, and that is one of the biggest, most complex Stations of the Cross,” Schmalz said.
Schmalz is not new to sculpting. The experienced artist’s work can be found worldwide, from St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican to Washington, D.C. He is perhaps best known for his “Homeless Jesus” sculpture and the “Angels Unaware” statue.
His new Stations of the Cross, he hopes, will serve as a tool for evangelization and conversion for the roughly 50 million people that visit Disney each year. “It’s right in the center of a place that desperately needs a spiritual Catholic oasis,” he said, adding that bringing the Stations of the Cross to Orlando is “bringing the Gospels [to] where the people are, in a sense.”
The stations — which combine mural painting and sculpture — will offer visitors “visual doorways into a Catholic-Christian experience,” he said.
It will take another year, he says, before all 14 are done. On his YouTube channel, Schmalz walks viewers through the process of creating each station, from sketching them on paper to sculpting them in bronze.
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Timothy Schmalz really is quite talented.
Sounds great! I recently read that many groups of parents and churches put so much pressure on Disney’s recent immoral, demonic-themed children’s cartoon creations, that Disney made the decision to drop one of them, “The Owl House.” This series will have three remaining episodes, and then become defunct.
The Cool Beans Bar and Grill in Denton, Texas, advertised a big Sunday Brunch, featuring a Disney-themed Drag Show for all ages. But they got so many threats and demands to cancel this evil, filthy, dangerous, demented event, from local conservative political and religious groups, that they instantly canceled the event– and are in hysterics with fear. Too bad a few of these great conservative groups couldn’t move to California, and scare Gov. Gavin Newsom and all the liberals.
My comnent of Sept. 21 at 12:28am was edited. At the end, I meant to say something like: “Too bad a few of these great conservative groups couldn’t move to California, and scare the heck out of Gov. Newsom and his liberal buddies– and get them to cancel their diabolical, demented programs!” They really mean business, in Texas!
Today, I signed a petition of One Million Moms, an affiliate of the American Family Association, to tell Sonic Burger to end their sponsorship of the diabolic Disney cartoon, “Little Demon.”
I recently bought a tote bag from Wal mart in a hurry when the congenial clerk asked me if I would buy one so she would meet her quota. When I got it home and saw the symbols on it and that it was Disney, I took it back and got a refund.