Jax artist Cal Oglesby covers the back wall of the old Thee Imperial in Downtown
Homage to the Constituents
Cal Oglesby creates some of the most compelling works in Jax – this one is no different.
It’s not ironic; it’s not anti-religion. It just is. It’s a depiction of a man on a cross, facing an open parking in Downtown. Perfectly, it’s across the street and down a block from our new, glamorous court house. Jesus on a cross is such a strong symbol that few dare to use it in such public works, especially in the South. But Cal does.
The grunginess of the wall – the dripping paint and debris – make it feel like more real, more genuine, less ideal. It’s not polished; it’s approachable and honest.
Cal Oglesby’s work is scattered around Jacksonville, especially in Downtown and Riverside. You’ll notice his collage-like designs painted on large walls gleaning your attention, holding your curiosity.
More of Cal’s work can be found here: caloglesby.tumblr.com