Is this a depiction of Jesus Christ? Not quite. This is a papier mache sculpture of Democratic US presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (below). It was made by undergraduate student David Cordero. It has given Obama unprecedented publicity after being shown in a Chicago art school. Cordero says the sculpture is really his response to Obama's rising popularity as a figure who can save the country.
Obama's spokeperson Jen Psaki said that the senator is "not a fan of art that offends religious sensibilities." Although there were angry responses to the sculpture, Bruce Jenkins, dean of the school's undergraduate program says that most opinions were positive. There have been offers to buy the controversial art piece.