Stump Head of Sad Jesus.

Stump Head of Sad Jesus

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Gulfport, Mississippi

During Hurricane Katrina in 2005, a lightning bolt blasted an oak tree next to the house of the Rev. Henry Marshall. He let the tree stand for many years (his wife refused to have it taken down), then had a vision of its stump transforming into the head of Jesus.

The reverend hired Dave Perez, a local chainsaw artist, who cut the tree down to a six-foot-high stump, then carved it into a gaunt, wide-eyed Jesus head with a crown of thorns and a big teardrop. The head was completed in early 2013, and the Rev. Marshall welcomes the public to visit and take pictures.

As Perez was carving the head, a passerby (who claimed to be a pastor) told him that Jesus's crown had 72 thorns in it. So that's how many thorns Perez carved into the sculpture.

Stump Head of Sad Jesus

Silver Ridge Ave., Gulfport, MS
From US Hwy 90/Beach Blvd turn north at the stoplight onto Cowan Rd. Drive north, cross the train tracks, then make next left (no stoplight) onto 5th St. Drive west, then at the stop sigh turn right onto Silver Ridge Ave. Drive past the first two houses on the right, and you'll see an open area with a flagpole. The Stump Head is just past that flagpole, set back from the street.
Lit at night.
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