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Wheat Paste Jesus Attracts Religious Pilgrims

Wooster Collective points out a powerful example of street art that has caused quite a commotion in New England. Artist Maki105 put up a wheat-paste...

Dan Gould
Dan Gould on March 27, 2009.

Wooster Collective points out a powerful example of street art that has caused quite a commotion in New England. Artist Maki105 put up a wheat-paste poster titled  “Peek-A-Boo Jesus” on the side of a video store in New Bedford Massachusetts, and it’s getting a lot of serious attention by religious pilgrims.

The Boston Herald reports:

Tears welled up in Angela Sampaio’s eyes as she beheld the Lund’s Corner Jesus through her car windshield Wednesday, reports today’s Standard-Times.

“I am really, really, really moved by this,” she said. And she wanted reassurance that the photographs of this Jesus are on the Internet. “This will be seen all over the world,” she said.

She had plenty of company there in the parking lot of Premier Video, where the slightly larger-than-life depiction of the Saviour appeared on the wall sometime last weekend. In a one-hour span around noon Wednesday, at least 35 people walked or drove to the lot just to see the figure that is pasted to the white brick.

They came from miles around. They were young and old, sometimes three generations of a family in a car. There were blue-collar workers with their buddies, retirees, teenagers. They brought cameras and took pictures of each other near the figure of Christ. Some brought flowers, real and artificial, and some brought candles that flickered in their jars in the spring breeze.

Bostonist also lets us know that prints are available.

Boston Herald:”Boston Herald: “Lund’s Corner Jesus draws a crowd”

[via Wooster Collective]

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