INDECLINE, ‘Naked Trump’, 2016, Julien's Auctions
INDECLINE, ‘Naked Trump’, 2016, Julien's Auctions
INDECLINE, ‘Naked Trump’, 2016, Julien's Auctions
INDECLINE, ‘Naked Trump’, 2016, Julien's Auctions

The Emperor Has No Balls by anonymous art collective INDECLINE appeared on the 4600 block of Hollywood Boulevard. Commonly referred to as “Naked Trump”, the sculpture is one of a series of sculptures of which recently caused a commotion nationwide when appearing unannounced in public spaces in New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Cleveland and Los Angeles. The present sculpture is one of the only remaining known examples not confiscated or destroyed. INDECLINE commissioned Ginger, a Nevada-based artist, who sculpted the highly detailed sculpture where the translucent veins, pop belly, saggy bottom and small genitals appear true to life. The title of the sculpture is a play on the name of the popular childhood fable by Hans Christian Andersen “The Emperor Has No Clothes” where a haughty emperor pays an exorbitant amount for “magic” clothes that only can be seen by wise people. As the tailor begins, the Emperor will not admit that he cannot see the clothes for fear of appearing stupid. In order to humiliate Trump, INDECLINE ironically removes Emperor Trump’s balls as an allegory that strips him of his masculinity and thus his capacity to rule.A portion of the proceeds from the sale will benefit the National Immigration Forum, one of the leading immigrant advocacy organizations in the country, with a mission to advocate for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation.

Signature: Inscribed in base “Ginger ‘16”