'Christ Rests in Peace' – a new sculpture by Nic Fiddian-Green – has been placed in front of the high altar of Southwark Cathedral during the season of Lent.
Nic Fiddian-Green is well known for his huge, classically inspired equine heads that are exhibited around the world, including the 35ft Still Water recently installed at Marble Arch.
This year's installation follows David Mach's coat hanger crucifixion Die Harder which was exhibited in the cathedral during Lent 2012.
"I have been working on the subject of the face of Christ for over 20 years 'with no place in mind', so when it was proposed to me to install a work at Southwark, I realised it was all out of my hands," said Nic Fiddian-Green.
"It is a great honour and opportunity to reveal this work in a sacred and spiritual place. I am delighted that this work is at the very centre of our capital and will be seen by the cathedral's many visitors."
The Very Revd Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark, added: "We are delighted to have Christ Rests in Peace in Southwark Cathedral throughout Lent. For so many Christians singing the hymn The head that once was crowned with thorns is a regular reminder of the reality of the crucifixion.
"Nic Fiddian-Green's representation of the head of Jesus crowned with thorns is powerful not just because of its sheer size but also because when you look beyond the thorns you see the humanity in the face of Christ."
• Nic Fiddian-Green will talk about his work and in particular the inspiration for Christ Rests in Peace on Sunday 24 February. The talk will start at approximately 12.30pm at the end of the cathedral's Choral Eucharist. No tickets required and all are welcome.