With all the drug related deaths leading up to the 2014 Academy Awards Ceremony artist Plastic Jesus decided to create a piece of public art meant to stimulate conversation, cause controversy and bring attention to a glamorized drug epidemic.
It’s entitled “Hollywood’s Best Kept Secret”, and it skips the subtext and personal interpretation by simply showing the Oscar statue shooting up.
The artist was inspired by Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death, as well as the death of his cousin and cousin’s wife, all due to heroin overdoses, and his publicly art piece was on display during the week leading up to the Oscars until someone tried to abscond with the statue claiming to be a city official.
Now that the Awards Ceremony is over, and this controversial sculpture will go from timely political street art statement to gallery showpiece, will the message lose any of its luster?
-Via L.A. Weekly