*A street artist named Plastic Jesus has targeted both the Kardashians and the media’s obsession with them in his latest installation – street signs placed around Hollywood that declare, “”No Kardashian Parking Anytime.”
“I hope the Kardashians will see the funny side of it,” Plastic Jesus told the New York Daily News.
Seven signs were hung beneath regular parking notices on Melrose Avenue and other posh commercial strips, including the family’s Dash store, and posts outside The Ivy restaurant on Robertson Boulevard, Cecconi’s on Melrose and a nearby FitMix fitness studio.
“The idea came from observing celebrities around Hollywood, including the Kardashians, and seeing how (their) most menial tasks…whether it’s shopping, going to a restaurant, pumping gas, have turned into a cultural news event,” the LA-based artist said.
Plastic Jesus, who erected a coke-snorting Oscar statue on Hollywood Boulevard before the Academy Awards, said the idea for the signs came a few weeks ago after he watched swarms of paparazzi dart across traffic on Melrose to photograph one of the Kardashians leaving a store after “buying underwear or something.”
Plastic Jesus said he used conventional nuts and bolts to hang the metal signs and intended them to be temporary. At press time, the LAPD hadn’t received any complaints about the signs, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Though the signs singled out the Kardashians, the London native said he had no ill feelings toward the reality stars and was only looking to make a point about fame’s connection to mindless consumerism.
“These signs are intended to be a practical joke and cause amusement. I hope the Kardashians will see the funny side of it. I don’t have a problem with them,” he said.
For his next piece, the artist said he was mulling something to draw attention to California’s crippling drought.