Crown of Thorns, designed and created by East Devon sculptor Matt Dingle
Mr Dingle was commissioned to produce Crown of Thorns as a powerful symbol of the parody of kingship experienced by Christ during his trial and before his crucifixion under Roman law.
It is used by various local organisations to exhibit their work – including groups as diverse as Positive Action South West, Christian Aid, the United Nations and Exeter Community Initiatives.
Diocese of Exeter spokesman Martyn Goss said he felt the sculpture was a timely reminder of some of the main challenges facing us today.
He said: "The sharp points remind us of the deadly barbed wire that for many refugees and displaced people is a daily reality. Yet as the crown was temporarily placed on Jesus's head, we may also see it pointing to relief and hope for those who face injustice."
The idea of the sculpture originated with Ben Grimsey, who was a former member of the Board for Christian Care, which set up a number of social action schemes across Devon especially working to support vulnerable people.
These include an asylum support project in Plymouth and housing schemes in Exeter, Tiverton and Bideford.
Historically, Exeter Cathedral has been an important place in Devon for encouraging and exhibiting artistic expression.
In the past few years it has hosted displays of tapestries, collages, poetry and children's artworks as well as religious creations including icons and sculptures.