OUR LADY CALAIS
St Pauls Cathedral, London 2015 Cbloxx was commissioned to tell the story of ‘Mary’, the holy, iconic and pure figure as part of St Pauls summer programme of events. Spray painting live inside the great Cathedral, Cbloxx set out to portray Mary on a relatable human level, one that describes Mary & Jesus as Palestinian refugees fleeing Egypt in despiration.
'Our lady Calais' became a powerful image that resonated with visitors who later connected the piece with the shocking newspaper images of the young boy from Syria washed up on a Turkish beach. He had tragically drowned whilst attempting to flee his war torn homeland causing mass media coverage of the plight of Refugees. It was with this that the painting evolved into a shrine, with hundreds of visitors lighting candles infront of the piece, sand had been placed at the base along with a tiny pair of childrens shoes.
The image bacame such a popular peice that St Pauls used it as their official Christmas card of 2015.