The artist used coat hangers to create the image of Christ on the cross. The sculpture has been placed at the cathedral’s east end as the focus for the congregation during Lent.

The 20 foot high figure appears human size when viewed from the nave seats. Christ is seen in pain and anguish.

Speaking at the lunchtime Eucharist on Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, Canon Bruce Saunders told the large congregation that they might not like the sculpture and may even be offended.

Royal Academician David Mach worked on Die Harder at his south-east London studio which is in the Southwark Diocese.

Rose Harding, the cathedral’s business development manager who has arranged for the work to be in the church, first saw Die Harder when it was displayed in Edinburgh last year.

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