‘Make America Gawk Again:’ Nude Statues Of Donald Trump Appear Overnight in 5 Major Cities


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Source: James Bereham/The Verge

Source: James Bereham/The Verge

Well, here’s one way to protest against Donald Trump.

On Wednesday afternoon, reports trickled in that nude statues in the likeness of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump had appeared overnight in major cities. The phenomenon was soon found to be nationwide: statues have been spotted in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cleveland, and Seattle.

Headlines so far have included words like “unflattering,” “disturbing,” “horrifying,” “nauseating,” and “can’t unsee.”

The statue in New York City’s Union Square has already been taken down.

Source: indeclineofficial/Instagram

Source: indeclineofficial/Instagram

According to the Washington Post, the statues were installed by the anarchist group INDECLINE. The group drew inspiration from the Hans Christian Andersen tale “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” in which a ruler surrounded by sycophants and self-serving people ends up parading naked through the streets.Like it or not, Trump is a larger-than-life figure in world culture at the moment,” an anonymous spokesman told the Post. “Looking back in history, that’s how those figures were memorialized and idolized in their time – with statues.”

But the statues are far from regal, and definitely not presidential, despite Trump’s solemn posture. Far from flattering, they represent Trump with a large, sagging belly, cellulite, and bluish veins running across his pasty skin. One part of his reproductive system is noticeably diminished, while another is conspicuously missing.

The project is tellingly named “The Emperor Has No Balls.”

People have been posing with the statues for pictures and selfies, and sharing them across media and social networks.

Source: John Bereham/TheVerge

Source: John Bereham/The Verge

The statues were created by a professional monster designer who goes by the name of “Ginger,” and has designed scary creatures for haunted houses and horror films.


When [INDECLINE] approached me, it was all because of my monster-making abilities,” Ginger told the Post. “Trump is just yet another monster, so it was absolutely in my wheelhouse to be able to create these monstrosities.”

Ginger did extensive research to make sure the statues were a realistic likeness of Trump.

If somebody were to look at my browser history, it would be a little disturbing,” he said. “Turns out there’s not too many Google results for ‘saggy old man butt.’” (Warning: Explicit Content)

It took Ginger four months and 300 pounds of clay and silicone to complete the statues. Each statue weighs around 80 pounds. A video on INDECLINE’s website shows the statues’ creation process.

Source: Jason Goodrich/The Washington Post

Source: Jason Goodrich/The Washington Post

At the time of writing, Donald Trump had yet to comment on this unique art project. But given his hypersensitivity to any form of negative comments, his propensity to angrily and publicly lash out at his critics, and the fact that he has already taken offense at suggestions regarding his manhood, it’s a safe bet he won’t be pleased.

But hey, modern art isn’t for everyone.

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