If you haven’t already seen it, there’s a life-sized golden statue of Kanye West depicted as Jesus on Hollywood Boulevard.
The ‘False Idol’ sculpture is the artwork of Los Angeles artist Plastic Jesus and was created in collaboration with the artist who created the nude Trump sculptures, Ginger.
The sculpture sees West with his arms outstretched and nails through his hands. He is not crucified on a cross but is wearing a loincloth and a crown of thorns representative of Jesus’ crucifixion. The statue is also wearing a pair of Yeezy Boost 350 sneakers.
Initially suspected as an honour to West, it seems the act of relating him to Jesus is less of a compliment than it seems.
Despite depicting him as a God-like figure, Plastic Jesus and Ginger are trying to relay the message that he, and other successful artists alike, aren’t Gods and shouldn’t be treated as such.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Plastic Jesus said, “[West is] 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.
“By all means, treat and respect these people as artists, but don’t make them into gods—because we crucify our gods.”
The statue can be seen on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea Avenue.