In perhaps one of the most bizarre twists to one of the most bizarre elections in recent history, a number of statues depicting Donald Trump in the nude are appearing all over the United States.
The Washington Post reported on the statues this week, and retell the story of an anarchist group called INDECLINE and Ginger, an artist who takes up his residence in Las Vegas. The Post reported that Ginger “has a long history of designing monsters for haunted houses and horror movies.” [ummmm…we can’t help but point out the “coincidental” metaphor here] The Post sums up the goings-on:
“In New York, naked Trump lasted all of three hours before the statue was dismembered and carted away in a truck by city workers.
In Seattle, the statue has been “on tour” following its rescue by “a liberal couple who own an antique shop,” according to an INDECLINE spokesman.
In Cleveland, the statue’s creator brokered a deal with police to auction off naked Trump and donate the proceeds to charity. That auction takes place this week.
In San Francisco, naked Trump remains in police custody and may lead to felony charges for the collective, the spokesman said.
In Miami, a Trump statue overlooking I-95 was kidnapped, beheaded and later returned, though the statue now “looks like Frankenstein,” the spokesman said, noting that the group has declined to press charges.
A similar, yet more mysterious fate awaited a Trump statue that greeted motorists outside the Holland Tunnel in New Jersey. The statue disappeared without a trace one night last month and hasn’t been seen since.
And finally, this weekend in Los Angeles, a statue that began its lowly journey on Hollywood Boulevard ended up at Julien’s Auctions, where the nude sculpture of the Republican presidential nominee was purchased for $22,000 by an anonymous buyer at the celebrity-filled street-art auction.”
The company that hosted the Los Angeles auction gave a brief history of their statue:
This “Naked Trump” was rescued by La Luz de Jesus Gallery director Matt Kennedy, and is one of the only remaining examples not confiscated or destroyed. The explicit statue quickly became a symbol of political protest art and garnered international coverage when the gallery refused to hide or censor the statue, choosing instead to display it prominently and in public view.
The “Naked Trump” statue was loaned to the Jimmy Kimmel Live! Show, and found its way into the opening monologues of Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show, Stephen Colbert’s Late Show, and hundreds of other news and entertainment outlets.
The Post went on to describe the statue, saying, “Unlike monuments of most political figures in cities across the globe, the Trump statues are far from flattering. They’re oddly shaped, lack one key element of the male reproductive system and dramatically play down another. The eyes scowl, the mouth pouts, and the veiny, almost reptilian skin looks like it was torn off a human-size frog and dipped in bronzer.”
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