Notorious Los Angeles Street Artist Plastic Jesus has caused Oscars controversy
Notorious Los Angeles Street Artist Plastic Jesus has caused Oscars controversy by placing a full size Oscar statue on Hollywood Blvd. Unlike the official faceless gold figures this one is Kanye West !
The life size gold installation is an amazing likeness of the Hip-Hop star complete with tightly cropped hair, neck chains and even wearing a pair of Yeezy shoes!.
In previous years the British born guerrilla artist has created a cocaine snorting Oscar statue, a gold plated stripper on a pole and a heroin injecting figure following the drugs related death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. The artist claims his street installations are to highlight issues which are going un-notice in the glitzy world of Hollywood.
The installation appeared on the famous Boulevard on Wednesday morning, closely guarded by two burly security guards.
In a Statement on his website the artist said “We have built Kanye West into some kind of god-like idol, I believe he’s a genius when it comes to writing and producing but he’s human. When we build people into idols we have expectations, and if they fail to meet those expectations we crucify them. We saw this last year when Kanye was admitted to a medical facility to get treatment for stress, anxiety and paranoia. We need to take a step back and remember our idols are only human and as such we need to give them space to err”.
Plastic Jesus had the custom figure moulded from resin specially for this year’s event by a Los Angeles based mannequin company.
He was also lucky another to collaborate with “Ginger” the Sulpture who created the naked Donald trump figures that appeared on the streets at the end of 2016. Ginger spent four weeks carefully crafting the head and then moulding the final piece to produce an amazing likeness of the rapper.
The life size figure took about 6 weeks to produce in total but will only be on Hollywood Blvd for one day. If fans wish to see the statue in person they can see it at Plastic Jesus' forthcoming show on Feb 25th at Gibson headquarters located at the former Tower Records store, 8801 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles.
The artist can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org