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Rogue Statue Parties On Hollywood Blvd. With Pre-Oscars Blow

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Last year during Oscars week, an eight-foot Oscars statue with a heroin needle in its arm popped up in Hollywood. A year later, the local street artist behind that is at it again.

Plastic Jesus erected a new life-sized Oscars statue on Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea Avenue Thursday morning—that's just at the edge of where the street will be closed in anticipation of the Oscars on Sunday. This time the golden statue is bent over on the floor snorting two fat lines of cocaine with a credit card nearby on the ground. The signage for the award says, "Hollywood's Best Party."

"The piece is intended to draw attention to Hollywood’s hidden problem of drug addiction that effects [sic] hundreds of people in the showbiz industry and is largely ignored until the death of a high profile A list celebrity," photographer Nick Stern, who works with Plastic Jesus, offered up in a statement on behalf of Plastic Jesus.

Plastic Jesus' heroin needle statue last year was a direct commentary on actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's untimely death from a heroin overdose last February. Plastic Jesus is also known for complaining about Asian drivers and pranking Best Buy customers.