Kiwi artist creates ‘Star of Donald’ for charity
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 was looking to raise 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, the pre-auction bid sat at $520 ahead of a 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.
Alix Bachmann, curator of the exhibition, said considering the auction’s purpose, the artwork was a wonderful piece of irony.
The Frame Works auction featured close to 100 artists with 88 works up for sale.
Bachmann said artists had jumped behind the cause as they looked to raise $100,000 for the trust.
Kiwi artist Ross Forbes’ ‘‘Star of Donald’’.