A controversial sculpture by a renowned artist which sparked a public debate will go back on display at Firstsite Gallery in Colchester.
The Crucifixion of Mankind, a giant mahogany carving by the late Connor Barrett which depicts a baby impaled on a sword, had adorned the wall at Colchester Library since the 1980s when it was gifted to Essex County Council.
So when the graphic artwork was removed during a recent refurbishment of the library, it sparked a public debate.
The carving depicts the crucifixion of Christ and a soldier stabbing a child, which is a reference to King Herod’s order for all infants in Bethlehem to be killed when Jesus was born.
It will now go on display at Firstsite Gallery from 3 March and could become part of a touring exhibition around Colchester.