An infamous giant orange inflatable of former US President Donald Trump is the latest addition at The Museum of London as part of its protests collection, which includes artifacts from the Women’s Suffragette movement, peace rallies of activists who opposed the early 2000s war in Iraq as well as climate change.
The 20-ft-tall “Trump Baby” blimp depicts Trump as a diaper-clad snarling baby with quiffed hair, clutching a mobile phone. It was made by a group of political activists from London and designed by Leo Murray in 2018 to demonstrate during Trump’s visit to Central London amidst other dissenting illustrations. “By collecting the baby blimp, we can mark the wave of feeling that washed over the city that day and capture a particular moment of resistance,” said the museum’s director, Sharon Ament.
The “six-meter-high, orange, inflatable baby with tiny hands and a malevolent, constipated expression on his face”, as the creators describe, scored permission from London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan to fly it for two hours after nearly 10,000 protestors gathered signatures of support.
Right after the blimp’s maiden flight outside the Houses of Parliament, there was a high demand among the curators to acquire it for posterity, particularly The British Museum, London’s Design Museum, Science Museum, and the Bishopsgate Institute. But the makers of ‘Trump Baby’ had a different idea back then for the future of the inflatable. “We haven’t discounted the possibility of him ending up in a museum, but our main priority right now is to ensure that he gets as much mileage as possible in a global tour of trolling both Trump and the politics of hate and division that he represents,” said one of its makers at that time.
Within these two years, the giant balloon has traveled across the world as a sign of protest against Trump and his policies. A crowdfunding initiative was arranged by its creators for this purpose and the blimp made its appearances in America (New Jersey, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Kentucky, Alabama, Oklahoma), France, Argentina, Ireland, and Denmark. “This only came about because we had people all over the world basically requesting, ‘Please, please can we have him’,” said one of its creators.
“We hope the baby’s place in the museum will stand as a reminder of when London stood against Trump, but will prompt those who see it to examine how they can continue the fight against the politics of hate,” read a statement given by the blimp’s creator.
It also added, “While we’re pleased that the Trump Baby can now be consigned to history along with the man himself, we’re under no illusions that this is the end of the story.”
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