Cocaine-snorting Oscar statue removed after popping up on Hollywood Boulevard days before Academy Awards
Even the statues party hard in Hollywood.
A life-sized Oscar statuette snorting cocaine on its hands and knees popped up for a few hours on Hollywood Boulevard on Thursday — just days before the glamorous Academy Awards and yards from the red carpet.
The stunning gold figure is meant to draw attention to Hollywood’s “hidden” problem of drug addiction, which goes unnoticed until the death of an A-list celebrity, Los Angeles street artist Plastic Jesus told the Daily News.
“We’re deluded if we’re saying that cocaine isn’t a major part of Hollywood and almost every other city in the world,” he said. “A lot of people will sit down and watch the Oscar show this Sunday and then go and indulge in cocaine.”
The controversial piece of art, titled “Hollywood’s Best Party,” shows an Oscar figure snorting drugs through a rolled up $100 bill, as a black “American Excess” card lies nearby.
It drew tons of attention after it was placed on the famous California street near La Brea Ave. Thursday at 9 a.m. But the artist removed it about 2 p.m. after a “grouchy, old man started ranting about it,” Plastic Jesus said.
“I want to cause controversy about the issue. But I don’t want to cause controversy about the placement,” he said. “I didn’t want a confrontation. The piece is out there. People have posted it. It got enough publicity to get people to think.”
The artist moved the statue – made of fiber glass, with the cocaine created out of crushed aspirin -- back to his studio in downtown Los Angeles, but he plans to display it again on Melrose Avenue on Saturday.
He had no specific celebrity in mind during the three weeks it took him to build the statue, he said.
“The piece is really just to show how much a part of everyday life for people cocaine is,” Plastic Jesus said. “In the current war on drugs, this isn’t working. The term controlled substance is an absolutely joke. There is absolutely no control.”
Last year, Plastic Jesus created a similar statue of a life-sized Oscar statue injecting heroin, which he said garnered him a lot of support.