Kiwi artist cre­ates ‘Star of Don­ald’ for char­ity

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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’’.

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