NSFW: Guerrilla Art Group INDECLINE Installs Naked Trump Statue in the Castro

“The Emperor Has No Balls” (Peter Lawrence Kane)

This morning at 8:30 a.m., a group of artist-activists called INDECLINE installed a life-size statue of a naked Donald Trump at Jane Warner Plaza, and in four other cities across the country.

As depicted, Trump has his trademark scowl, a pot belly, hands that look almost like a typical adult male Homo sapiens, and a micropenis poking out of his curly blond pubic hair. There is also a — very small, introductory-level even— butt plug between his feet with his own face on it, as if to say that Trump has his head up his ass, and a plaque reading “The Emperor Has No Balls.”

People seemed to adore it as soon as it was mounted. SF Weekly hung around for half an hour, and it was enjoyable to see people’s reactions. Trained to keep a respectful distance from works of art, most laughed and took pictures, but few treated it like something to throw an arm around for the sake of a selfie. The only public employees we witnessed were two EMTs who took pictures of one another posting next to it. A woman named Sheila put her hat on Trump and grinned. Nobody seemed shocked or upset; rather, it brought a bit of joy to people’s morning commute.

(Peter Lawrence Kane)
(Peter Lawrence Kane)

In an emailed statement, INDECLINE says they transported the five statues to five separate cities “to be installed in broad daylight in high-traffic areas.”

“It would be highly probable at that point that these 5 statues would never be seen again,” the statement continues. “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. 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 we leave behind the physical and metaphorical embodiment of the ghastly soul of one of America’s most infamous and reviled politicians.

On the one hand, this is indeed a very juvenile gesture. Inviting people to show scorn for a naked old man, one who isn’t actually castrated in real life as far as we know, could read like a vicious exercise in body-shaming — especially in the Castro, of all places. And it is certainly safe: Who is the target here? How many Trump voters could possibly board the F-Market or come in and out of Castro Station? Also, it’s way too blond. He’s orange, dammit!

On the other, it’s hilarious and people appear to be enjoying it. Check it out while you can, as this statue likely won’t be up very long.

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