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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Making of Nude Donald Trump Statues

Seeing how Donald Trump inched his way toward the Republican Party nomination, the American Activist Collective INDECLINE joined forces with Cleveland-based artist and sculptor "Ginger" to create five life-size nude statues of Donald Trump, including one that was installed in Union Square in Manhattan on August 18, 2016. The statues represent a mockery of the candidate's vow for presidency. The five statues were transported to high-traffic locations in five major U.S. cities (New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cleveland, and Seattle) on the same day, at the same time. They are expected to be removed by police promptly but their temporary nature is part of the project's working metaphor.

"Unlike the statues, it’s our hope that Donald Trump, our modern day emperor of fascism and bigotry is never installed in the most powerful political and military position in the world," said a press release by INDECLINE.

The project commenced in April 2016 and was completed August 10, 2016. The sculptures were created in an undisclosed studio on the West Coast. “Ginger” worked well over 1,500 hours over the course of the 4 months to create the main sculpture and the replicas. INDECLINE filmmakers captured this entire process, shooting for days on end and editing the video as the project progressed. INDECLINE photographers and filmmakers were then sourced and ultimately put into position to document and release the footage of the installation process.

Materials used:
- 300 Pounds of Monster Makers Oil Clay
- 400 Pounds of Concrete & Rebar for the armature
- 400 Pounds of Walter E. Disney Clay for the mold
- 1 Gallon of Smooth Cast 300
- 2 Gallons of Foam It per statue


Photo: Jason Goodrich

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