CANADIAN ARTIST’S BRONZE STATUE DEPICTING PLIGHT OF REFUGEES IN BOAT UNVEILED AT ST. PETER’S SQUARE IN ROME

Timothy Schmalz in Rome for Angels Unawares unveiling after Pope decries indifference to migrants' plight

Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz's bronze statue Angels Unawares was unveiled in St. Peter's Square in Rome after the Pope's mass on the World Day of Migrants and Refugees at the Vatican on Sunday. 'I wanted to reflect the different states of mind and emotion involved in a migrant's journey,' says the Kitchener, Ont., sculptor. (Remo Casilli/Reuters)

A Canadian artist’s statue depicting “the different states of mind and emotion” of refugees in a boat was unveiled Sunday in St. Peter’s Square in Rome following a mass by the Pope, who decried indifference to the plight of migrants around the world.

Timothy Schmalz, of Kitchener-Waterloo in southwestern Ontario, created the bronze, six-metre-high Angels Unawares statue that was unveiled in the historic piazza, located in front of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

The Pope and four refugees from various parts of the world together uncovered Angels Unawares on the World Day for Migrants and Refugees.

Schmalz said his goal in creating Angels Unawares was to elicit the same empathy and identification with the subjects as his Homeless Jesus series, featured in front of churches around the world — in this case, for another group of people often considered a burden to society.

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