The Los Angeles street artist known as Plastic Jesus has installed yet another head-turning piece of art in Hollywood just days before the Academy Awards – a giant Oscar statuette snorting lines of cocaine.
According to The Hollywood Reporter this is the second year that the artist has taken a stab at Hollywood’s drug culture in such dramatic fashion.
Last year he set up an 8-foot Oscar statue with a needle in its arm, a commentary on the heroin overdose death of Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The cokehead Oscar stands – actually, kneels – on Hollywood Boulevard in front of Elvis Presley’s star where the street will be closed before Sunday’s awards ceremony, THR and other media outlets reports.
A plaque on the side of the base reads, “Hollywood's Best Party.”
“The piece is intended to draw attention to Hollywood’s hidden problem of drug addiction that effects (sic) hundreds of people in the showbiz industry and is largely ignored until the death of a high profile A list celebrity,” said a statement issued on the artist’s behalf.
The statue was set up Thursday morning.
Later that day celebrities took to social media to mourn the death of Harris Wittels, a 30-year-old writer and executive producer on the NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation,” who was found dead of a possible drug overdose at his Los Angeles home Thursday afternoon.