Trump art­work auc­tion

Auckland City Harbour News - - SITUATIONS VACANT - SAMHEWAT

A golden sculp­ture de­pict­ing US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump pro­ject­ing from a cross up for auc­tion hit $520 be­fore the live bid­ding had even started.

Ross Forbes’ Star of Don­ald was on sale as part of Auck­land char­ity Frame Works’ 2017 art auc­tion which rais­ing money for the Asy­lum Seek­ers Sup­port Trust.

It shows the US Com­man­der in Chief’s head su­per­im­posed on a cross - all in fake gold.

It’s made of 3-D printed plas­tic, wood, and alu­minium, and the pre-auc­tion bid sat at $520 ahead of the live auc­tion on Tues­day night.

Forbes said the piece did not have an ob­scure mean­ing and was a re­sponse to the po­lit­i­cal con­text of the cur­rent refugee cri­sis.

‘‘I just wanted to evoke a glit­ter­ing re­pug­nance,’’ Forbes said.

On the auc­tion’s web­site, the de­scrip­tion reads - ‘‘var­i­ous po­lit­i­cal fig­ures world­wide are pro­mot­ing a form of pop­ulism which casts refugees as crim­i­nals, or worse. At the same time we have a celebrity cul­ture which glo­ri­fies the su­per­fi­cial, the cos­metic, the

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