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George Zimmerman Portrait Made Of Skittles

A local artist has created a portrait of George Zimmerman-- the man charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of 17 year old Treyvon Martin.

Andy Bell created a portrait of Zimmerman entirely out of skittles-- the candy that Martin was carrying when he was shot.

That portrait is now on display at a local art gallery.

In a story you'll see only on CBS 4, Evrod Cassimy talked with the artist, who explains the meaning behind his work.

From close up it looks like just rows and rows of skittles. But from far away it's a piece of art depicting the infamous George Zimmerman mug shot made entirely of candy.

"Kind of jumped to see it!"

"It just makes you take a step back like huh! Oh my gosh! I don't know just to see him here!"

The piece, done by art student Andy Bell, is the first thing you see when you walk into Denver’s Redline art gallery. He started it hoping to get people talking more about the case.

"I wanted there to be a trial. I wanted--I wanted justice."

Now, four weeks after bell started the portrait, the case has progressed. It was by pure coincidence though the picture ended up on display.

"I was actually here on a field trip. I was talking to Louise Marterano, one of the organizers here. She asked what I had been working on and I pulled up a photo on my phone of what I'd been working on that I literally finished an hour before."

"She ran in to show it to me and I thought this is not particularly interesting I've seen this image a million times over the past few months and she said well it's all made out of Skittles."

"The Zimmerman Skittles portrait is called "Fear Itself" and it's done on a 36 inch by 48 inch piece of plywood. The more than 12 thousand Skittles were glued to the wood and covered in varnish. Bell believes his artwork conveys a specific message."

"Zimmerman had nothing to be afraid of from this kid except for the bag of Skittles."

"We as society though we might be afraid of a lot of things when it comes down to it some of those things might be as innocuous as a bag of Skittles."

"I think we're sort of using levity to sort of invite people to see that we've got to change how we see the world."

In Denver Evrod Cassimy CBS 4 news.

If you'd like to see the portrait for yourself it's on display at Redline through June first.

Admission to the gallery is free.


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