The Emperor Has No Balls
is a series of sculptures depicting Donald Trump
by the activist art collective Indecline
. The five statues were installed in Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle in 2016. Their collective installation was executed by 40 people; Rolling Stone
described the precision with which the sculptures were erected: "At exactly 11 in each city – 8 a.m. on the West Coast – two people dressed as construction workers carried out a 6-foot-5, 80-pound object under a blue tarp, brushed away detritus from the ground, spread a thin layer of fast-acting, industrial-strength epoxy, held the object upright for a matter of seconds, and walked away, disappearing into the gathering crowds."
The statues, made using clay and silicone
, depicted Trump with a pot belly, an "old man saggy butt", varicose veins, a "constipated" expression, a very small penis, and no testicles, and were titled The Emperor Has No Balls
on engraved plates at the base; they were commissioned from Joshua "Ginger" Monroe, a Las Vegas artist who designs monsters for haunted houses
and horror films
. The Cleveland statue was in the Coventry section of Cleveland Heights
; it was taken down within an hour. The New York statue, in Union Square
, was removed early that afternoon; the New York City Parks Department
made a statement that it "stands firmly against any unpermitted erection in city parks, no matter how small". A bystander bit a piece out of the hair of the San Francisco statue
, which was in the Castro District
; it was removed early the next day, at a cost of about $4,000 because of damage to the sidewalk. The Seattle statue, which was in Capitol Hill
, was claimed by a vintage store
, No Parking on Pike, and the Los Angeles statue, on Hollywood Boulevard
, by a local art gallery, Wacko, both before authorities could remove them.
The following month, two more naked Trump statues, commissioned by a New Jersey arts collective, were installed on the roof of a warehouse overlooking the New Jersey entrance to the Holland Tunnel
, where Indecline also placed an inverted US flag, and on top of a billboard in the Wynwood
section of Miami; the Miami statue, which Indecline said was the same one originally placed in New York, was later moved by police request closer to the Wynwood Walls graffiti center. Read more...