A startling artwork inside the grounds of a Bendigo church renowned for its political activism is stopping passers-by in their tracks. 
Inside the grounds of St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral on Tuesday, three figures – one a pregnant woman, another a child – could be seen suspended from wooden crosses in a manner reminiscent of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. 
The barbed wire sculptures are labelled Nauru, Manus Island and Christmas Island, the three places Australia operates offshore detention centres for asylum seekers. 
The statues’ appearance precedes Good Friday, the day that marks Jesus’ death on the cross.
A sign beside the artwork reads: “Look right to see the evil of deterrence. Come inside to hear good news of love.” 
Members of the St Paul’s congregation installed the statues this week in the lead-up to Good Friday, the day that marks Jesus’ death on the cross.
The cathedral’s dean, John Roundhill, said he was expected the artwork to shock Bendigonians but believed it was his cathedral’s duty to advocate on behalf of those less fortunate, including refugees. 

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