A life-size gold sculpture that depicts Kanye West being crucified as Jesus has appeared in LA.
The statue, which has been erected on the corner of LA’s Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, is called False Idol and it was made by the aptly-named LA street artist Plastic Jesus, who told The Hollywood Reporter that the statue represents idol worship and West’s recent fall from grace.
“He’s a genius at writing and producing but he’s not a God, and that’s where we put him,” Plastic Jesus explained. “Until there’s an issue in his life or a hiccup in his career, then we crucify him. 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.”
However, Plastic Jesus has admitted that he is in fact “an admirer” of the ‘Jesus Walks’ artist. “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 said.
The sculpture is part of a series of artworks inspired by the Oscars. In 2015, Plastic Jesus made a life-size Oscar statue snorting cocaine on all fours, while earlier this year the artist also constructed a small wall around Trump’s Hollywood star.
False Idol will appear at Plastic Jesus’ exhibition with Billy Morrison called Anesthesia: The Art of Oblivion at Gibson Brands Sunset in West Hollywood, which opens to the public on February 25.