Ecce Homo

Pausing at the foot of the steps of St Paul’s on a Donkey Republic bike tour as part of Traverse 17, I looked at the lunch time crowds.  Some were taking selfies, others eating lunch and a school party was busy sketching the Cathedral.  My eye was drawn to a still figure at the top of stairs.  Turns out that it wasn’t a very still tourist but the Mark Wallinger statue of Christ known as Ecce Homo.  If it looks familiar that’s because it was the first sculpture to occupy the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.

Ecce Homo

As you get close to the figure you can see that he is bound, symbolising that Christ was arrested, tortured and killed.  It was quite difficult to get photo’s of him standing alone as he is a popular selfie co-star.  Should you wish to see this arresting statue it is in place just outside the west door of St Paul’s for six weeks after Easter.



  1. May 7, 2017 / 12:12 am

    I’m heading over that way next week – I will definitely pop by and check it out now.

  2. May 7, 2017 / 12:13 am

    What an interesting piece of artwork – and a great story too. Hope you enjoyed Traverse x

    • Catherine
      May 7, 2017 / 12:15 am

      It was my boy’s birthday that weekend and so I missed the actual conference but they let me tag along to some of the pre events

  3. May 7, 2017 / 12:16 am

    I like the idea of a selfie co star. This is how phrases catch on!

  4. May 7, 2017 / 12:43 am

    What a really interesting story to this sculpture. I’m in London next week, I my have to pop by.

  5. May 7, 2017 / 6:10 am

    Now that is very eye-catching. I assumed it was a mime artist at first. How captivating and well done on getting to photo Ecce Hommo on its own. I can see the appeal for slefies etc. #MySundayPhoto

    • Catherine
      May 7, 2017 / 7:58 am

      That’s what I thought and was shocked that someone would do that on the steps of St Paul’s

  6. May 7, 2017 / 6:48 am

    Hi Catherine, what an creepy and fascinating looking figure! The huge dark door behind him really makes him stand out. Just looking at the photo gives me the willies.


  7. May 7, 2017 / 7:04 am

    Well done on getting a photo of him standing by himself. He looks so real I would have half expected him to be one one of those still life street performers.

  8. May 7, 2017 / 7:28 am

    Did you have to shoo people out of the way? I agree, he is an arresting sight, especially combined with those black and white tiles. #MySundayPhoto

    • Catherine
      May 7, 2017 / 8:01 am

      I did have to wait five minutes for a couple to finish eating their sandwiches whilst almost touching him, but as they moved I rushed over scattering tourists in my wake to grab the shot!

  9. May 7, 2017 / 12:04 pm

    What an absolutely stunning piece. An evil side of me wants to show this to my biggest brother, who is absolutely terrified of statues like this haha x

  10. May 7, 2017 / 4:10 pm

    It makes quite an eerie image It looks almost real

  11. booandmaddie
    May 7, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    I haven’t popped by St Paul’s for a while but this is yet another reason to correct that. Great capture #MySundayPhoto

  12. May 7, 2017 / 10:58 pm

    I love how you’ve captured the different angles here, in the second photo the statue looks huge and dominates the image, whereas in the first photo it’s the doors behind which look massive!

  13. May 8, 2017 / 11:33 am

    At first I thought this was one of the entertainers in body paint. Certainly very eye catching. You must have had to wait some time to photograph him alone! #mysundayphoto

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