A statue of Jesus Christ is causing a sensation at an art gallery after witnesses said they saw sparks shooting from its eyes.
The sculpture, created by artist Brian Burgess, is on display at the Liverpool Academy of Art.
The steel and bronze work, titled ‘Cleansing of the Temple’, portrays an angry Jesus brandishing a whip ready to drive out the moneylenders from the temple.
Academy manager June Lurnie says its one of the most controversial works ever displayed there.
She added: ‘Some people have said the portrait is evil and they can see sparks in Jesus’s eyes. Others actually kneel down and go into a trance convinced they are connecting with God.’