DENVER, Co. — A Colorado art student is using his artwork to make a statement about a story that continues to interest people across the country. Now, an art gallery has the picture on display and it’s causing quite a stir.
The picture is of George Zimmerman the man accused of killing Florida teen Trayvon Martin. The picture is made entirely of Skittles, the candy Martin was carrying the night he was killed in Sanford.
The founder of the Redline Art Center says this is the first time they’ve had artwork get this type of reaction from the public.
“It’s been like fire,” said Laura Merage, Redline founder.
The portrait is titled Fear Itself. Andy Bell showed a picture of his creation to an employee at Redline while on a class visit to the gallery.
“We saw the strength and we have the space,” Merage said.
The picture is made up of over 12,000 Skittles. Bell says it took several hours for him to glue the candy in place.
“It’s fantastically creative!” said art student Davis Brown.
Redline says the picture has sparked a lot of interest in less than 48 hours. That’s the point of the artwork is to get people to think.