An anarchist collective of artists have memorialized GOP nominee Donald Trump in a very memorable way: planting statues depicting the business mogul's naked visage in cities across the U.S.
On the morning of Aug. 18, residents and tourists in Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco and Seattle were surprised to find statues of a naked Trump planted on public street corners.
The statues are not flattering depictions of the business mogul, sculpted with a large paunch, vein-ridden skin, a saggy backside, and an absence of genitals.
Inscribed at the base plaque of each statue is the art project’s title, “The Emperor Has No Balls.”
The statues were commissioned by the anarchist collective known as Indecline, which already has a reputation for political art in public spaces. A spokesman for the group told The Washington Post that their project was inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen tale “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”
“Like it or not, Trump is a larger-than-life figure in world culture at the moment,” the Indecline spokesman said. “Looking back in history, that’s how those figures were memorialized and idolized in their time -- with statues.”
The collective sought out a Las Vegas-based artist known as Ginger to design and build the nude Trump statues. The artist specializes in designing monsters for haunted houses and horror movies.
“Trump is just yet another monster, so it was absolutely in my wheelhouse to be able to create these monstrosities,” Ginger said.
Indecline had commissioned the statues, which were constructed from 300 pounds of clay and silicone, in April. In the final result, each of the five statues weighs 80 pounds.
Ginger admitted to having previously been a Trump supporter, but said that he had become disillusioned with the GOP nominee after seeing video of him mocking a physically disabled reporter from The New York Times.
“I have family members that are physically and mentally handicapped and who need different types of care,” Ginger said. “When I saw what he did, I was in such a rage.”
As to why the statues feature Trump without any genitals, Indecline told The Huffington Post that they decided to excise his manhood “because we refuse to acknowledge that he is a man. He is a small arrogant child and thus, has nothing in the way of testicles.”
The last artist to depict a naked Trump was Illma Gore, a Los Angeles-based painter who created a portrait of the GOP nominee. In her depiction, the business mogul had a micro-penis.
In May 2016, roughly three months after her painting gained traction, Gore reported to police that she had been assaulted near her house by a man who allegedly shouted “Trump 2016!”
Gore told the New York Daily News she was “sad that Trump, and many of his supporters, don’t find words enough to express their opinions -- they need walls, waterboarding and punches.”