A Chicago artist hopes his creation of Democratic White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama as Jesus will bring attention to politics and religion.

The exhibit, titled "Blessing," shows Obama cloaked in white and red robes with a neon halo, is on display at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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"He's sort of emerged as this really sort of charismatic and really popular person. I think that people really like him and I think it's because of his message of unity and sort of his political platform," David Cordero, the artist and a student at the school, said of the Illinois senator.

Cordero said he hopes the exhibit, which opened to the public on Saturday, will inspire others to get more involved in politics.