Naked Trump statue stirs up keen in­ter­est

Sunday Tribune - - HERALD - Jan de Beer

A BIZARRE life­size nude statue of Amer­i­can pres­i­dent US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has been sold by Julien’s Auc­tions of Cal­i­for­nia for $28 000 (nearly R358 000).

The work was cre­ated by con­tro­ver­sial US artist col­lec­tive In­de­cline, in 2016, as part of a se­ries of Trump stat­ues in­stalled in pub­lic places to ridicule their ruler.

As the oth­ers were hastily re­moved by the author­i­ties, de­stroyed or van­dalised, this last – and un­flat­ter­ing – de­pic­tion of the US pres­i­dent led to heavy pre-sale in­ter­est and brisk bid­ding.

The sculp­ture, en­ti­tled The Em­peror Has No Balls, is a clay and sil­i­cone cre­ation miss­ing an im­por­tant part of the male anatomy. It was auc­tioned off in Julien’s first street and ur­ban art auc­tion, along­side works from Banksy, Andy Warhol and Jean Michel Basquiat, in New Jer­sey on May 2.

The buyer was US tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity Zak Ba­gans, who hosts the Travel Chan­nel’s Ghost Ad­ven­tures, and bills him­self as a “para­nor­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tor”. Ba­gans in­tends in­stalling Trump in his Haunted Mu­seum in Las Ve­gas.

The In­de­cline sculp­tor who took on the task of mould­ing all the Trumps is sim­ply known as “Gin­ger”. He says his Trump nudes were in­spired by Hans Chris­tian An­der­sen’s folk­tale The Em­peror’s New Clothes.

In­de­cline is a group of writ­ers, film­mak­ers, pho­tog­ra­phers and “full­time rebels and ac­tivists”, ac­cord­ing to the group’s web­site.

The col­lec­tive has been linked to sev­eral protest ac­tions, such as cov­er­ing the stars on the Hol­ly­wood Walk of Fame with the names of African Amer­i­cans killed by po­lice.

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