Trump being rescued in Los Angeles.
LOCAL ANARCHY: I kept from posting about street art that uses Donald Trump as a topic for the last few weeks. Who needs to read that much one-sided coverage?
Then today happened.
In Brief: With stealth timing INDECLINE installed naked Donald Trump statues in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Cleveland. The collective planned the coordinated pop up public art to ridicule the Republic presidential nominee, and fully expected authority to whisk them away . . . Many Meme Moments: Quickly, the Internet and media shared it. There were plenty of cameras taking pictures of male ego abandoned on city streets with the political motive to scold bad behavior. From the INDECLINE press release.
"As Donald Trump miraculously inched his way towards the Republican Party nomination we couldn’t help but watch in awe, completely dismayed as one of the world’s biggest potential threats stole the hearts and minds of our country’s most malleable and in some cases, fanatical citizens. Refusing to remain silent on the issue, INDECLINE worked together in the Spring of 2016 to conceptualize what would become one of the most ambitious and logistically demanding projects since the inception of INDECLINE in 2001.”
HOME GROWN: The twist may be that these Dons have ties to Las Vegas. The early reports were stating the statues were signed by "Ginger" who according to the Washington Post, is a Las Vegas-based artist who created “monsters for haunted houses and horror movies." . . .More Intelligence: The Daily Beast then reported that "Ginger" is Joshua Monroe, who was "the director for Eli Roth’s now defunct 'Goretorium' in Las Vegas."
LV PRESS GETS ON IT: The Las Vegas Sun followed up and just posted more backstory on the Las Vegas artist who gained all that fame in one day--after several months of working in secrecy. . .To Quote The Sun: "INDECLINE contacted him (Joshua Monroe) after seeing his Goretorium artwork. Ginger said he met with the collective in secret, never speaking on the phone, and kept the project under wraps for several months before it was unveiled Thursday morning." . . . In Town: Anyone who follows street art has seen INDECLINE'swalking man wheatpaste around Las Vegas.
EXIT POLLS: The Los Angeles Trump statue, that stood directly in front of the La Luz Jesus Gallery, was stashed away by the gallery after hearing the other Trumps were being carted away, according to Birdman, the street art photographer who was on the scene. . . The Stranger Reports: The Seattle Trump statue was removed by the Seattle Department of Transportation, then left it with a local business. It was taken in by a vintage store No Parking on Pike. INDECLINE approved the adoption.
ARTIST'S HOMETOWN: Cleveland Police officers impounded their statue within an hour of being up. The artist accepted the job on the condition one Trump appeared in his hometown. . . . Cop Quote: "According to the ordinances of Cleveland Heights, it is prohibited to place or leave any article on public property, including public sidewalks," Police Chief Annette Mecklenburg said. "Therefore the statue of Donald Trump, since it was placed on a public sidewalk, was impounded until the owner comes to retrieve it. We will make attempts to contact the owner and provide them the opportunity to retrieve their property."
LAST AND TO THE POINT: There was a pithier statement from The New York City Parks Department. After a Trump nude study was removed from Union Square park, Sam Biederman, parks spokesman, sent the final word: "NYC Parks stands firmly against any unpermitted erection in city parks, no matter how small."
ADD August 19: 'All Eyes On A Provocative Trump Statue Created By Henderson Artist" Joshua "Ginger' was interviewed by Dave Becker. KNPR
The statue, which was a hit of the day, has the same tone of Illma Gore’s illustration of Trump, which once got her kicked off Facebook.
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.