In honor of the Oscars celebration this weekend and L.A.’s notoriously hard-partying ways, street artist Plastic Jesus has erected a life-size Oscar statue on its hands and knees, ready to snort two massive lines of fake cocaine (faux-caine?).
The figure was spotted on Thursday morning by the Hollywood Reporter, who reports that it currently sits at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea Avenue.
It’s not the first time the artist has used the highly symbolic gold statue to make a comment about the drug-addled lifestyle that is commonplace in Hollywood and other high-octane industries. Last year, just weeks after actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died after mixing too many drugs, Plastic Jesus created an eight-foot Oscar with a needle in its arm and placed it on Hollywood Boulevard. While both of the statues riff on drug culture and the destructive nature of fame, this year’s feels a bit more lighthearted, since it isn’t directly connected to a celebrity death.
Nick Stern, a photographer who works with the anonymous artist, told LAist: “The piece is intended to draw attention to Hollywood’s hidden problem of drug addiction that affects hundreds of people in the show biz industry and is largely ignored until the death of a high profile A-list celebrity.”
According to his website, Plastic Jesus has been heralded as “The Banksy of L.A.” by both BuzzFeed and Complex. In addition to the Oscar sculptures, which are arguably his most famous works, he does stencil-based street art (which, indeed, reeks of Banksy) and street-based installations, including a giant mousetrap with credit cards on top of it and a giant dollar bill tilted toward two giant lines of cocaine. We’re definitely seeing a theme here.
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