Naked statues Of Donald Trump Unveiled
The artist who created the naked statues of Donald Trump that popped up in major cities across the country said that when he started the project, he supported the Republican presidential candidate.
The statues, were the brainchild of anarchist collective INDECLINE, who brought on Joshua ‘Ginger’ Monroe to actually create them because of his expertise in the ‘horror’ genre.
‘The objective was to source an artist who could accurately and skillfully capture both realistic and grotesque human attributes,’ said INDECLINE, the self-described ‘anonymous activist collective’ that assigned Monroe his task in a statement Thursday, DNA Info reported.
‘Working exclusively in the ‘horror’ genre, ‘Ginger’ maintained a familiarity with creating monsters that translated perfectly when tasked with creating Donald Trump.’
INDECLINE, which was founded in 2001, commissioned Monroe back in April to create the five life-size, nude states of Trump for a project called ‘The Emperor Has No B***s’.
The completed works appeared in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cleveland and Seattle on Thursday morning, before authoritative figures in each city called for them to be taken down.
Monroe told Newsweek that he only ever met two of the dozens of artists apart of INDECLINE.
When Monroe started working on the statues, he was a Trump supporter.
‘When I started this, I was going to vote for Trump,’ Monroe said.
But by the time he finished the statues, Monroe’s opinion of The Donald changed.
‘The different times he’s said just horrific things has made me raise an eyebrow,’ he said.
When Trump imitated a New York Times reporter with a congenital joint condition, Monroe stopped supporting him, though Trump denies doing such a thing.
‘I actually have family members who are disabled and when he did that, that just showed his true character, and I’ve never been so disgusted with a candidate in all my life,’ said Monroe.
The 36-year-old, who has worked previously for horror productions and movies, did this project pro-bono.
‘This has been an amazing opportunity for me as an artist to not only get my name out there, but to get millions of people to see my work,’ he said.
‘That’s something that an artist would have to pay to do, so I was very willing to invest my time.’
He invested roughly $6,000 in materials and hired a model with a similar build as Trumps.
In addition, he worked on the statues around his full-time job and estimates that he slept about three hours each night.
Monroe, who signed the statues as ‘Ginger’, didn’t expect the statutes to stand in the specific areas they were placed in for long. INDECLINE didn’t either.
The group said: ‘Each of the pieces would have a limited amount of time before the city or the police covered or removed them completely.’
The group felt as though when the statues would fall or be removed, they would leave behind, the ’embodiment of the ghastly soul of one of America’s most infamous and reviled politicians,’ and represent his ‘failed and delusional quest to obtain the presidency.’
Monroe, who is based out of Las Vegas, also said that he’s not nervous to be affiliated with INDECLINE for the project.
”No, that’s why we have first amendment rights,” he said.
“I have freedom of expression as an artist. Again, I’m just the artist who was commissioned to make the statues — I was not the one to install them.”
INDECLINE said the project was inspired by The Emperor’s New Clothes, a Hans Christian Andersen tale of a vain ruler who is tricked into wearing nothing at all.
The group also wanted to suggest Trump’s similarities to past dictators who would erect monuments of themselves in public squares for all to see.
‘Like it or not, Trump is a larger-than-life figure in world culture at the moment,’ an INDECLINE spokesman told The Washington Post.
‘Looking back in history, that’s how those figures were memorialized and idolized in their time – with statues.’
‘Trump is just yet another monster, so it was absolutely in my wheelhouse to be able to create these monstrosities.’
Monroe used 300 pounds of clay and silicone to mold and shape his version of Trump, complete with a pot belly and hair down there that is just as golden as the locks on his head.
The hands are clasped together and a Masonic ring is on Trump’s hand, meant to symbolize his privilege and wealth, according to Monroe.
But it was Trump’s derriere that gave Monroe the most trouble.
‘If somebody were to look at my browser history, it would be a little disturbing,’ he said.
‘Turns out there’s not too many Google results for ‘saggy old man butt”.
And Monroe paid special attention to the Donald’s mouth, wanting to give him a ‘constipated look’.
‘He has a very distinct little mouth,’ Monroe said. ‘The way his chin meets the jowl, it had to look right.’