The Emperor Has No Balls

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The Emperor Has No Balls
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The statue in San Francisco
Year2016 (2016)
  • Cleveland
  • Los Angeles
  • New York
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle

The Emperor Has No Balls is a series of sculptures depicting then-president Donald Trump by the activist art collective Indecline.

Description and history[edit]

The five statues were installed in Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York City, 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."[1]

The statues, made using clay and silicone, depicted the former president with abdominal obesity, an "old man saggy butt", varicose veins, a "constipated" expression, a micropenis and anorchia, 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.[2][3][4][5][6] The Cleveland statue was in the Coventry section of Cleveland Heights; it was taken down within an hour.[2][7] 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".[8][6][7][9] A bystander bit a piece out of the hair of the San Francisco statue, which was in the Castro District;[10] it was removed early the next day,[11] at a cost of about $4,000 because of damage to the sidewalk.[7] The Seattle statue, which was in Capitol Hill, was claimed by a vintage store, No Parking on Pike,[12][13] and the Los Angeles statue, on Hollywood Boulevard, by a local art gallery, Wacko,[2] 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;[14] 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.[15][16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Garber-Paul, Elisabeth (August 19, 2016). "Naked Trump Statues: Meet Anarchist Artists Behind 'Emperor Has No Balls'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Bort, Ryan (August 19, 2016). "We Talked to the Activists Responsible for Those Naked Donald Trump Statues". Newsweek.
  3. ^ Holley, Peter (August 19, 2016). "These protesters wanted to humiliate 'Emperor' Trump. So they took off his clothes". The Washington Post.
  4. ^ Frank, Priscilla (August 18, 2016). "This Naked Donald Trump Statue Cannot Be Unseen". Huffington Post.
  5. ^ Sidahmed, Mazin (August 18, 2016). "Anarchist group installs nude Donald Trump statues in US cities". The Guardian.
  6. ^ a b Del Signore, John (August 19, 2016). "The Mysterious People Behind The Naked Trump Statues SPEAK". Gothamist. Archived from the original on November 13, 2016.
  7. ^ a b c Bamforth, Emily (August 19, 2016). "Owner has 30 days to claim naked Donald Trump statue from Cleveland Heights Police Department".
  8. ^ Rajghatta, Chidanand (August 19, 2016). "Anarchist artist tests limits with nude statues of Donald Trump". The Times of India.
  9. ^ Fishbein, Rebecca (August 18, 2016). "Here's How NYers React To A Life-Size Naked Donald Trump Statue In Union Square". Gothamist. Archived from the original on January 26, 2017.
  10. ^ Pershan, Caleb (August 18, 2016). "Photos: Scott Wiener And Other Locals Take (Semi-NSFW) Selfies With The Nude Trump Statue". SFist. Archived from the original on August 21, 2016.
  11. ^ Hutchinson, Bill (August 19, 2016). "Naked Trump statue removed from Castro". San Francisco Chronicle.
  12. ^ Knauf, Ana Sofia (August 18, 2016). "There's a Horrifying Statue of Donald Trump in Capitol Hill". The Stranger.
  13. ^ Woodard, Benjamin (August 19, 2016). "Watch: Naked Trump statue removed from Capitol Hill corner, relocated to nearby shop". The Seattle Times.
  14. ^ Holley, Peter (September 14, 2016). "Naked Trump statues are back, now gazing at motorists near the Holland Tunnel". The Washington Post.
  15. ^ "Naked Donald Trump Statue Makes Appearance in Wynwood". WTVJ NBC. September 14, 2016.
  16. ^ Harris, Alex (September 14, 2016). "Naked Donald Trump statue gets short exposure in Wynwood". The Miami Herald.