A life-sized Oscar statue snorting cocaine has been removed from its place on Hollywood Boulevard. Street artist Plastic Jesus set up the Oscar statue, bent over and snorting cocaine with a credit card, three days before the Academy Awards.
The artist has since moved the statue back to his studio, but plans to display it again on Melrose Avenue on Saturday.
This is not the first time Plastic Jesus has made art that comments on drug use in Hollywood. Last year, the artist placed an eight-foot Oscar statue with a heroin needle called “Hollywood’s Best Kept Secret” to comment on the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The artist says the installations are meant to call attention to drug addiction not only in Hollywood but society in general.
“We only hear about drug addiction when a high-profile Hollywood celeb has a meltdown and goes in to rehab or dies,” Plastic Jesus told Variety.
The most recent installation comes in the wake of the death of “Parks and Recreation” producer Harris Wittels, who was found dead in his home of a possible drug overdose.
“Another Hollywood drug-related death, and nothing will change,” Plastic Jesus said.