A piece of artwork that depicts a golden Oscar statue injecting heroin into its arm continues to spark controversy on the streets of Hollywood, but apparently the statue comes with a positive message. The tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman inspired the artist to make a statement about drug abuse in the entertainment industry.
Los Angeles-based artist Plastic Jesus is turning heads with his latest creation, an eight-foot replica of the famous Oscar trophy injecting heroin into its arm. The British-born artist says he hopes his work will help raise awareness about drug abuse, “remove the stigma, and enable people to get help and support.” He credits the sudden loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman as his inspiration for the thought-provoking piece.
Oscar ‘Heroin Statue’: Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death Inspires Sculpture
Oscar officials were not too pleased with the statue that was on display just blocks away from where the Academy Awards were held on Sunday night, March 2. The statue has since been moved from Hollywood Boulevard to Melrose Avenue, where onlookers can either admire or reject the controversial artwork.
“Hard drugs are still seen as a taboo subject, with people using in the privacy of their own home or hotel room and afraid of the consequences if the world finds out about their addiction. My piece is intended to say ‘let’s be aware of the issue, remove the stigma, enable people to get help and support,'” artist Plastic Jesus said in a statement.
At the bottom of the statue, there is an inscription that reads, “Hollywood’s best kept secret”.
Philip Seymour Hoffman was found unresponsive in his NYC apt on Feb. 2, after injecting heroin and other drugs into his arm.
Philip Seymour Hoffman Remembered At The Oscars
As HollywoodLife.com previously reported, Philip was honored during the Academy Awards when his name was read along with other talents who sadly passed on during the past year.
When introducing the In Memoriam tribute, Glenn Close eloquently said, “We love you, we honor you, we miss you, but most of all — we thank you.”
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— Sandra Clark