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“Come Unto Me”, Risen Christ

"There are no words to express the awesome nature of your work Paula!!!!  Beautiful, capturing, inviting, dramatic, spellbinding, just draws you to stand there and behold.

Once a kindergarten teacher asked a student what he was drawing, and he replied "God". The teacher said, But no one knows what God looks like.  He replied, they will when I finish this picture!! So, Paula, we now know what Jesus looks like! Thank you again."
~ Dr. Tom Chambers - First Baptist Church of Orlando
WOW!!  The Risen Christ clay Sculpture is magnificent!  All the members of our committee loved the photographs and approve.  We can't wait to see it in Bronze and installed in the entry to our Memorial Prayer Gardens." 
~ Bob Hudson - Orlando Baptist Church
"Orlando is 'known' as the City of the 'Worlds'....Disney World.....Sea World....Universal Studio....Holy Land Experience.....and we off handedly refer to our church as 'Baptist World' as we are centered here near them and have frequent visits from world travelers passing thru 'the other worlds'.  So NOW we are able to present Jesus to 'The Worlds' in such a majestic visual that will just leave all who pass by spellbound.....   'Thank you' seems paltry for our true feelings.  As we have said previously, your talent is unmatched!  We consider this whole event to have been a divine appointment."
~ Dr. Tom Chambers - Orlando Baptist Church 
Location: First Orlando Memorial Prayer Garden
Orlando, Florida
Size: Over life size, 6’5” High, upon a 2’ High Granite Base, 8-1/2’ Overall Height
Year Completed: 2006

Slater was commissioned to sculpt an over life size full-figure Risen Christ for a 12,000 member First Baptist Church in Florida.  Based on her design sketch, the 6’5″ Christ figure floats up above his robes and is installed upon a two foot high granite base, making the overall height of the piece almost 8-1/2’ high.

The elaborately robed figure is a very complex sculpture that took Slater many months to complete. These kinds of intricate sculptures are referred to as “not foundry friendly” because they required a tremendous amount of work to mold, to cast, to weld and then to finely finish. However, the result is truly a very fine art sculpture created in the style of the old masters. The glowing bronze was placed above a pond between two fountains at the entrance to Orlando’s lovely Memorial Prayer Gardens.


“Come unto me all ye who are heavy laden and I will give you rest….”