Chicago has taken a not-so-subtle dig against President Trump by installing a provocative new sculpture outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower.
Designed by Chicago-based artist Scott Reeder, the 6-foot-tall piece simply reads “REAL FAKE” in bold, metallic gold capital letters. Though no connection to Trump is directly mentioned, it’s hard not to view the artwork as an homage to the president’s penchant for crying “fake news” whenever a media source disagrees with him.
The sculpture was installed last Monday night by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events as part of the city’s Year of Public Art program.
While the connection to Trump seems clear, the piece was actually first displayed at Art Basel in 2013, long before he was even considering a run for the presidency.
When asked about whether or not the Windy City selected the sculpture to make comment on the current administration, city spokeswoman Christine Carrino told the Chicago Tribune, “What’s wonderful about art is that it is completely open to interpretation.”
Regardless of the city’s intent, the site has quickly become a hot spot for anti-Trump tourists, as evidenced by the outpouring of Instagram posts from the location.
Reeder’s piece is not the only work of protest art scheduled to make its mark on Trump Tower this summer. Chicago-based architectural firm New World Design Ltd. has plans to anchor four flying golden pig balloons in the Chicago river, which will be perfectly lined up to block the president’s last name on the building’s southeast facade.