Just barely, Naked Trump made it to Wynwood.
Early Wednesday, a statue of a nude Donald Trump appeared atop a billboard in Wynwood, on the corner of Northwest 24th Street and Sixth Avenue, facing the highway. By evening, it was gone.
The Miami figure is the latest to appear on a coast-to-coast tour, which has included New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Cleveland. The brazenly bare statue’s appearance in major cities drew headlines and an astonishing quote from a public official.
“NYC parks stands firmly against any unpermitted erection in city parks, no matter how small,” a New York City parks spokesman joked.
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An activist collective called INDECLINE claimed responsibility for the naked Trumps. They call the piece, which features an overweight man with diminutive and incomplete genitalia, “The Emperor Has No Balls.” A (graphic) video from the collective shows how the statues were made.
The Miami statues are courtesy of Mana Wynwood, said Eugene Lemay, president of the Mana Group.
“As an arts institution and privately owned business, we feel responsible for bringing attention to Mr. Trump’s dangerous rhetoric. We are doing what we can to communicate our values,” Lemay said in a statement.
As traffic on I-95 zipped along Wednesday afternoon, cars on the slower Northwest Sixth Avenue hit the brakes. Passengers and drivers leaned out of windows to snap photos and video of the nude statue. Most were smiling, if not laughing, as they posed for selfies with the art piece in the background.
“It’s kind of juvenile, but so is he,” said Dustin Copeland, who stopped to take a picture.