Hipster Jesus Unveiled

Jesus given jeans and a trim for British church's new statue
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2009 2:59 AM CDT
Uckfield Catholic Church's "Jesus in Jeans" statue was created by sculptor Mark Cornish.   (Uckfield Catholic Church)

(Newser) – A Catholic church in Britain has given Jesus a 21st century makeover, the Daily Telegraph reports. Uckfield Catholic Church's "Jesus in Jeans" sculpture, to be hoisted to the top of its bell tower this week, depicts a rockin' Jesus with a trim haircut and sporting baggy jeans. The design was the overwhelming favorite in a parish vote to choose a statue to mark the church's 50-year anniversary.

"The sculpture is simple and direct and I hope it sums up the feeling that Christ is always with us and that we are not to be afraid," said sculptor Mark Cornish. "The clothing is loosely contemporary in order to connect Christ to his people now as much as to his past."