Wednesday 28 September 2016

Tourists amused as tiny wall built around Trump's star

Adam Boult

Published 22/07/2016 | 02:30

The Hollywood Walk of Fame Star awarded to Donald Trump is shown surrounded by a barb-wire wall in a piece by street artist Plastic Jesus in Hollywood Picture: Reuters
The Hollywood Walk of Fame Star awarded to Donald Trump is shown surrounded by a barb-wire wall in a piece by street artist Plastic Jesus in Hollywood Picture: Reuters

A tiny border wall - complete with US flags, razor wire and 'keep out' signs - appeared around Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame earlier this week.

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Large numbers of amused tourists gathered to photograph the installation, pictured right, after it appeared on Tuesday. It was removed by Wednesday morning.

The person responsible for erecting the wall was British-born, LA-based street artist Plastic Jesus, who posted an image of his handiwork to Instagram saying: "Hollywood sightseers on the famous walk of fame were confronted with an unusual [addition] to Trump's famous star. Someone had built a six-inch tall grey concrete wall around it. Complete with 'Keep out' signs and topped with razor wire. The unofficial addition to the iconic star appeared early Tuesday afternoon, to the amusement of onlookers."

Previous works from the artist include a life-sized, cocaine-snorting Oscar statuette that appeared on Hollywood Boulevard during the run-up to the 2015 Academy Awards, which he followed up in 2016 with a pole-dancing statuette entitled 'Back-up Plan'.

A biography on his website says: "Plastic Jesus is not about revolution, he is not a anarchist [sic] but would like to see some changes around the place. His work is more about shining a small light into some of those dark corners of society."

Trump's Hollywood star has become a target for vandals since the presidential candidate first started making waves on the campaign trail.

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