The bane of the Academy Award festivities, “Plastic Jesus,” has struck again with a kneeling Oscar statue snorting coke. Plastic Jesus is the pseudonym a for the Los Angeles based street artist that specializes in bold stencil and installation work, inspired by world news events, society, the urban environment, culture and politics. His work combines humor, irony, criticism and unique opinion to create art that engages on many levels.
Just days before the Academy Awards, a life-sized Oscar statuette mysteriously appeared on Hollywood Blvd. doing lines of cocaine on all fours right down the street from where some of Hollywood’s glamorous stars will surely be doing the same, albeit more discreetly, at Sunday’s glitzy annual trophy show.
Plastic Jesus hath risen again.
The Huffington Post listed two works by Plastic Jesus in the end of year round up of “The Best of Los Angeles Street art 2012”.
In early 2013 his pieces, No More Heroes featuring disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong connected to an IV drip caught the world’s attention and was featured by many media organizations including CNN, the BBC, The Daily Mail, Huffington Post and LA Weekly. Many other pieces have gone viral on the internet and news media including his August 2013, Best Buys Useless Plastic Box 1.2.
His 2014 piece Hollywood’s Best Kept Secret, showing a six foot gold Oscar statue injecting itself with heroin, brought focus to the hidden use of hard drugs in Hollywood and was featured.
Following the tragic death of actor Robin Williams, Plastic Jesus tribute was one of the most shared pieces of LA street art during 2014
The street art blog Melrose & Fairfax described Plastic Jesus as “The Banksy of LA”.
To view Mr. Plastic’s website click here.