A giant inflatable figure of U.S. President Donald Trump, depicting the American leader as a child in a diaper with a cell phone in his hand, became part of the collection of the Museum of London. This was reported by Reuters on Monday, January 18.
The museum said the balloon will join a “protest” collection that includes objects from the suffragette movement of the early 20th century, environmentalists and freedom of speech.
“By adding a potbellied child to our collection, we are thereby reflecting the mood that prevailed in the city on the day of [Trump’s] visit and capturing a special moment of [civil] resistance,” museum director Sharon Ament said.
The British capital, she said, has always been a place to “express yourself.”
The orb arrived at the museum in a suitcase and is now in a quarantine area, the museum told The Guardian newspaper. They noted that all objects entering the museum must be quarantined before they enter the collection because they may contain insects.
The figure, created by English company Imagine Inflatables and designed by artist Matt Bonner, was first launched into the London sky in 2018 to protest the White House head’s visit to the United Kingdom. At the time, British subjects raised about $21,000 to have “baby Trump” fly over Parliament Square in London.
The balloon also appeared in France, Argentina, Ireland, Denmark and even in a number of U.S. cities to protest the White House head’s policies.
One of the disgruntled Trump’s policies in the city of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, even punctured the balloon where he was taken to express his displeasure at the president’s presence at an American soccer game. The rental of the balloon cost the organizers of the protest $4,000, which was raised through donations.