An artist in Denver used 12,250 pieces of red, green, yellow and orange Skittles candies to create a 36-by-48 inch-size portrait of Florida murder suspect George Zimmerman.
Skittles, along with a can of Arizona iced tea were two items Trayvon Martin was carrying when he was shot by Zimmerman. No deadly weapons of any kind were found in Martin’s possession during the police investigation.
UPI.com reported that Andy Bell, a 31-year-old artist and a BFA senior at Metropolitan State College of Denver, called Zimmerman's portrait the ‘Fear Itself’. That is implying of when Zimmerman fatally shot 17-year-old Martin, claiming self-defense. “I wanted to do all I could to raise awareness about the case,” Bell said.
“It became family puzzle night,” Bell said, in a Denver Post report, about creating the controversial project. Bell’s wife and friends helped him glue a variety of colors of Skittles onto a plywood piece, and then varnished, creating Zimmerman’s police mug shot portrait. That is after Bell put Zimmerman’s infamous mug shot through Photoshop paces, eventually mapping out a way of recreating it in red, green, yellow and orange Skittles candies.
In a SeattlePI report, Bell also said that the candy portrait is a symbol of what happens when you let fear rule your life.
According to a Denver Post report, Bell is not passing judgment on Zimmerman, but commenting on the divided opinions about the case. He said that he is waiting to hear the facts before making his own judgment.
The candy portrait is on display, hanging at RedLine Gallery in Denver, which is known for showcasing controversial art work. PJ D'Amico, RedLine’s executive director, commented on Bell’s work, “Crazy, terribly beautiful piece, that is profound beyond measure.”
After the February 26 shooting of Martin, Zimmerman had been arrest-free for 45 days, igniting nationwide controversy. On April 11, 2012, Zimmerman was finally arrested and charged with 2nd degree murder.