An anarchist collective known as INDECLINE has installed naked, life-size statues of Donald Trump in Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Seattle. The project is entitled “The Emperor Has No Balls”. Accordingly, each statue has a “saggy old man butt”, a small penis (a popular trademark in anti-Trump protest art) and, of course, no balls.
The project title is a play on the most famous line from gay fairy tale writer Hans Christian Anderson’s story “The Emperor’s New Clothes” in which a wealthy but pompous emperor pays for a very expensive “outfit” made out of “invisible cloth”. As he displays his new “clothes” for the townspeople, a young boy cries out “The emperor has no clothes!”
According to the collective, the statues are meant to mock Trump’s authoritarian nature. As he has threatened to instate national loyalty tests for incoming immigrants and to prosecute any media outlets that dare criticize his presidency. “Looking back in history,” an anonymous INDECLINE member told The Washington Post, “that’s how those figures were memorialized and idolized in their time — with statues.”
But from the sound of it, the statues are far from flattering. Here’s The Washington Post’s description: “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.”
The statues were created by a Las Vegas-based artist known as “Ginger” who previously created monsters for haunted houses and horror films. “Trump is just yet another monster,” he told The Washington Post, “so it was absolutely in my wheelhouse to be able to create these monstrosities.” He said he spent 25 hours a week since this last April making the 80-pound sculptures out of 300 pounds of clay, spending the most time on the mouth to capture Trump’s trademark scowl.
Ginger created a video about the statues’ creation below:
Ginger actually said that he had originally planned on voting for Trump, but decided against it after Trump mocked a disabled reporter from the New York Times. “I have family members that are physically and mentally handicapped and who need different types of care. When I saw what he did, I was in such a rage.”
He added that he won’t mind seeing the statues destroyed by protestors or police. In fact, members of INDECLINE has even placed bets about which city’s statue will last the longest.
Photos of the five statues are below:
The Emperor Has No Balls. Cleveland. #INDECLINE
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