Sunday, 25 June, 2017

Political Artist Projects Giant Insults Onto Trump International Hotel

Igor Volsky Igor Volsky
Owen Mccarthy | 17 May, 2017, 02:11

Bell and two friends then turned on a projector in the van and displayed animated anti-Trump messages about the president's alleged conflicts of interest onto the upscale hotel's facade.

President Donald Trump's Washington hotel was briefly illuminated with projected messages including "pay Trump bribes here" and "emoluments welcome".

While Trump retains an ownership stake, his son has taken over day-to-day operations of the hotel.

While the projections were met with praise by some, supporters of the president maintain there is no proof or evidence of collusion between Trump and Russian Federation.

Besides the "Trump bribe" and "emoluments welcome" projection, Bell also projected the words of the emolument clause, which reads, "No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States; and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of Congress, accept any present, emolument, office, or title, or any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state". "One of the things that connects us is art".

Bell said he hopes his projections make people stop and think, and maybe even clap and laugh.

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Mr Bell projected another anti-Trump message on the hotel in November 2016 to protest the appointment of Myron Ebell - known for his opposition to the scientific consensus on climate change - to lead the transition at the EPA.

The latest projections on Trump's hotel were only up for about 10 minutes, but Bell is pleased that the images resonated with so many people. His favorite part of the night came, he said, when an open-top tour bus drove by and riders started to cheer.

"The timing was awesome because it gave us something to look at and enjoy", Bell said.

Trump signed the lease in 2014, redeveloping the signature Pennsylvania Avenue property into a luxury hotel.

One of his slides, which Bell said he finished on the drive to the hotel, explains the Constitution's Emoluments Clause that prohibits USA officials from accepting foreign gifts. "We did it at the right time because everyone is just so utterly depressed and bummed out with what's going on". According to police reports, they defaced or damaged the property six times from Election Day through January.

"There will be a lot more projections to come", he said.

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