A statue of a certain veiny, mayonnaise-colored Republican presidential nominee is standing on the corner of 11th Avenue and Pike Street. A plaque at his feet reads: "The emperor has no balls."
The life-size figure is one of five statues created by anarchist art collective INDECLINE. Other figures have been installed in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Cleveland, The Washington Post reports. "Ginger," the Las Vegas-based artist who conceptualized and create the statue of the Don, also designs "monsters for haunted houses and horror movies."
The group’s latest project has been four months in the making and was inspired, in part, by “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” Hans Christian Andersen’s story about an overly confident leader without clothing, according to an INDECLINE spokesman.
Suggesting Trump is more of a (potential) ruler than a revolutionary, the statues also poke fun at the authoritarian tendency to erect large monuments in one’s likeness.
“Like it or not, Trump is a larger-than-life figure in world culture at the moment,” said the spokesman, who discussed the project with The Washington Post on the condition of anonymity. “Looking back in history, that’s how those figures were memorialized and idolized in their time — with statues.”
According to the Post, "Ginger" once considered voting for Trump, but decided against it after the Republican nominee made fun of a reporter who had a disability.
“I have family members that are physically and mentally handicapped and who need different types of care,” he added. “When I saw what he did, I was in such a rage.” That rage, he said, is one of the reasons he won’t mind seeing the statues destroyed by police or dismantled by angry Trump supporters like a silicone piñata.
UPDATE 7:20 P.M.: To prevent city officials from taking the Trump statue away, the owner of vintage store No Parking on Pike took it in.
A previous version of this story stated that the Seattle Department of Transportation attempted to take away the statue. The owner of No Parking on Pike took it away before SDOT officials could, says Norm Mah, a department press representative.