Life-Size Anti-Trump Statues Erected in 5 US Cities from Ginger and INDECLINE
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 the group in 2001. INDECLINE set out to source a sculptor who would be tasked with creating 5 life-size statues of Donald Trump. These statues would then be transported to 5 major US cities to be installed in broad daylight in high traffic areas using an industrial strength epoxy, much like the Black Lives Matter Hollywood installation. The installation, titled The Emperor Has No Balls, would commence and be fully documented on the same day, at the same time, in each of the 5 cities.
After a few weeks of auditioning potential sculptor candidates, “Ginger”, a Cleveland based artist with an impressive penchant for the macabre, was chosen to collaborate with the group. INDECLINE wanted to source an artist who could accurately and skillfully capture both realistic and grotesque human attributes – hitting the nail on the head. Working exclusively in the “horror” genre, “Ginger” maintained a familiarity with creating monsters that translated perfectly when tasked with creating Donald Trump. “Ginger” started this project with no particular political alliance between Trump or Clinton, but by the time he was done researching the candidate and meticulously working on every square inch of his clay figure, he had become one of Trump’s most outspoken critics.
The temporary nature of each of the 5 statues became the project’s working metaphor. Each of the pieces would have a limited amount of time before the city or the police covered or removed them completely. It would be highly probable at that point that these 5 statues would never be seen again. INDECLINE says that these fleeting installations represent this fleeting nightmare – and in the fall, it is our wish to look back and laugh at Donald Trump’s failed and delusional quest to obtain the presidency. It is through these sculptures that the team leaves behind the physical and metaphorical embodiment of the ghastly soul of one of America’s most infamous and reviled politicians. The project commenced in April of 2016 and was completed on August 10th, 2016. The sculpture was 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.
LA: Wacko: 4633 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90027
SF: Pedestrian Median on Castro/Market
NYC: Union Square
Seattle: Capitol Hill (11th & Pike)
Cleveland: 1836 Coventry Road Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
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
*Photography by Jason Goodrich