Wednesday 20 September 2017

'Make Everything Great' - This mural of Trump kissing Putin is going viral

'Don't stop kissing, people!'

A woman walks past a mural on a restaurant wall depicting US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin greeting each other with a kiss in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius. Photo: PETRAS MALUKAS/AFP/Getty Images
A woman walks past a mural on a restaurant wall depicting US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin greeting each other with a kiss in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius. Photo: PETRAS MALUKAS/AFP/Getty Images
BERLIN, GERMANY, 2009: Visitors photograph graffiti by Dmitri Vrubel featuring Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker kissing under the words, in Russian, 'Pomogi mne vyzhit' sredi etoy smertnoy lyubvi,' or 'My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love,' during celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall. Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

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Street art and hipster neighbourhoods are one of the biggest drivers of travel these days... and now The Donald is involved.

This mural, depicting US Presidential candidate Donald Trump locked in a passionate tongue-twister with Russian President Vladimir Putin, is going viral.

Painted by artist Mindaugas Bonanu on the Keule Ruke restaurant in Vilnius, Lithuania, last week, it has spread like wildfire on social.

"We always believed that the small libertarian BBQ joint situated on the NATO border with Russia would go viral one day," Keule Ruke posted on its Facebook page.

"Don't stop kissing, people!"

The piece evokes a famous piece from the Berlin Wall, depicting former Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev kissing East German counterpart, Erich Honecker (below).

BERLIN, GERMANY, 2009: Visitors photograph graffiti by Dmitri Vrubel featuring Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker kissing under the words, in Russian, 'Pomogi mne vyzhit' sredi etoy smertnoy lyubvi,' or 'My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love,' during celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall. Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY, 2009: Visitors photograph graffiti by Dmitri Vrubel featuring Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker kissing under the words, in Russian, 'Pomogi mne vyzhit' sredi etoy smertnoy lyubvi,' or 'My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love,' during celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall. Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

"This graffiti expresses the fear of some Lithuanians that Donald Trump is likely to kowtow to Vladimir Putin and be indifferent to Lithuania's security concerns," Kestutis Girnius, associate professor of the Institute of International Relations and Political Science in Vilnius university, told AFP.

Trump has stated that Putin is a strong leader, and that NATO is obsolete and expensive.

"The whole city seems to be talking about the mural, and rightly so," says Brendan Harding, an Irish travel writer and author who lives in the Lithuanian capital.

"Thanks to the publicity it's received internationally, it seems to have put the city firmly on the radar of many would-be visitors who had previously never even heard of Vilnius."

In an Instagram post, Keule Ruke (@keuleruke) shared an image of the mural with the headline 'Make Everything Great', riffing on Trump's campaign slogan.

"Those boys were made for each other,' one commenter replied.

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