A life-size, naturally-colored completely naked statue of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump that stood in Union Square in downtown Manhattan has been removed by the New York City authorities.
Numerous passersby, including tourists, were able to take pictures of – and with – the sculpture before it was withdrawn.
The Trump’s statue is the work of a group of artists known as Indecline, which by placing the figure of the real estate mogul in the middle of a heavily crowded area were aiming to protest against the attitudes and statements of the Republican candidate, EFE news reported.
According to the report, the naked and flesh-coloured sculpture of a paunchy Trump stood glued with epoxy to the square for about two hours before personnel from the city’s Parks Department removed it, with the department saying in a communique that it is illegal to display artwork in public without proper permits.
Indecline carried out similar protests against Trump in Seattle, Cleveland, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
“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,” the group said in a statement.