Skittles candies have been front and center lately, usually accompanying an image of Trayvon Martin -- the 17-year-old who was carrying the confection when he was slain by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman. Now a Denver artist has taken the totemic use of the rainbow-colored candy a step further and spun it on its head, or rather, Zimmerman’s.
Art student Andy Bell used purple, yellow, orange and lime-colored chews to construct a 36-inch by 48-inch mosaic portrait of a Zimmerman mugshot.
The piece, titled “Fear Itself,” is the newest -- and possibly one of the most unorthodox -- uses of Skittles in the protests spurred by Martin's death in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman was charged this week with second-degree murder and remains in custody.
Protesters have worn Skittles bags over their mouths as symbolic gags during marches and pinned the bright red wrappers on their shirts, while public officials have shown their support for Martin’s family by eating the candy on television. In March, a woman attending a Million Hoodie March in Los Angeles held a sign that read “Walking and Eating Skittles is Not a Crime.”