LA Street Artist Who Built Wall Around Donald Trump’s Walk of Fame Star Explains Why He Did It

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Plastic Jesus built a wall around Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Courtesy of Plastic Jesus

Lest we forget Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s high-profile celebrity status, anonymous Los Angeles street artist Plastic Jesus has targeted the real estate mogul and former “The Apprentice” host’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a witty new art installation. On July 19 and 20, visitors to the popular tourist attraction encountered a miniature concrete wall barricading Trump’s star from the rest of the walk.

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The six-inch-tall sculpture is outfitted with a tiny row of barbed wire, “Keep Out” signs, and American flags on the corner, a reference to his signature campaign promise to build a wall along the Mexican border.

Plastic Jesus built a wall around Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Courtesy of Plastic Jesus

“There’s been a lot of personal attacks on Donald Trump, both politically and by artists,” Plastic Jesus told artnet News in a phone conversation. “I think really what we should be focused on is attacking ridiculous policies that will damage the US.”

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As Trump has become as popular subject for scathing political art, his star on the Walk of Fame, installed in 2007, has become a target in recent months. It has been vandalized on numerous occasions, including at least once with a swastika, and humans (and their dogs) have allegedly taken to spitting, peeing, and even defecating on the tile.

“Not even Bill Cosby‘s star draws as much controversy here as the one belonging to Donald Trump,” wrote CNN in April.

The Plastic Jesus piece was on view for only a short time on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

“It was attracting a huge crowd of people flocking to it to photograph themselves with this wall,” said the artist, who opted to remove it after it attracted the ire of the area’s costumed characters. “Edward Scissorhands was getting a bit upset because it was getting way more attention than he was, so he attacked it!”




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