Baptism of Christ
Dimensions: 8 feet tall
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The Epiphany Roman Catholic Church in Normal, Illinois commissioned this magnificent sculpture of John the Baptist and Christ. The life-size sculpture depicts Christ bowing to accept a blessing from John the Baptist. Standing over Jesus, one hand pouring the baptizing water while the other is raised to the heavens, John the Baptist implores God to hear his blessing.
The base of this sculpture holds many hidden clues to the life and time of Christ. Inlaid in the water of the base are actual stones from the Jordan River. In addition, there are several sculpted symbolic elements including a snake being crushed by Christ and an olive branch flourishing behind John the Baptist.
The sculpture is in the Epiphany Roman Catholic Church foyer in Normal, Illinois.