The sculpture was unveiled in the corner of La Brea Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard Thursday, and was made to look like Kanye West as Jesus in the crucifixion, topped with a wreath around the hear and nails within the hands of the golden statue. He made sure to include gold chains around his neck.
The sculpture was meant to be part of multiple free-standing statues for a series that Plastic Jesus recently dropped surrounding the upcoming Oscars.In the year 2015, he had created an imitation version of the Oscar-statue, life-sized, appearing to snort cocaine whilst on all fours.
Other works include a different Oscar statue portraying needles on its arm, having been inspired after the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.
During a phone interview with magazine The Hollywood Reporter, the artist, Plastic Jesus, stated that the piece has been named “False Idol,” and inspired by media and the public’s obsession with Kanye West.
“He’s a genius at writing and producing but he’s not a God, and that’s where we put him. Until there’s an issue in his life or a hiccup in his career, then we crucify him,” said the artist, who cited West’s recent controversial statements, his breakdown leading to hospitalization, and more as reasons that the rapper fell from the public’s grace.
“We’ve seen it before with people like Britney Spears or Lindsay Lohan. The same people who put him into a God-like place are the same yapping at his heels for a piece of flesh when something happens.”
Plastic Jesus admitted that he admires West creatively and musically. “The piece is intended to be as critical of us as consumers and the media as it is of Kanye himself. We’ve created this idol from somebody who is clearly talented,” he stated.
West hasn’t yet replied to the unveiling of the statue.