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Art Collective Builds Prison Cell for Trump Inside His New York Hotel

Indecline, an anonymous art collective, booked a room in the Trump International Hotel and staged an installation, featuring a look-alike of United States president Donald Trump handcuffed in a hastily assembled prison cell that was littered with McDonald’s food wrappers, a copy of the 1987 book Trump: The Art of the Deal, and live rats, there on Friday. The artists snuck the materials for the piece into the hotel in their luggage.

According to the Art Newspaper, the collective first built the installation in a warehouse in Brooklyn and then took it apart to transport it to the hotel. A video documenting the event shows the artists moving furniture, applying removable wallpaper to make the walls look like cement, and building the cell. The anonymous group members wore masks and hotel bathrobes while they worked. The finished piece featured a Trump impersonator, who wore a “Make America Great Again” hat. Throughout the course of the event, he said phrases such as “I never lose—sometimes I lie down because I’m tired of winning” and “I told Comey to go homey—total train wreck,” while he was seated in front of a picture frame splashed with red paint that read, “Rat will eat anything, even their rat king.”

Adorning the walls surrounding the cell were portraits of activists such as Malcolm X, Edward Snowden, and Angela Davis that were painted on American flags. The pieces were created by artists Ann Lewis, Molly Crabapple, and Gabe Larson, among others. They will soon be shown in an exhibition at Gallery 30 South in Pasadena, California.

Commenting on the work, Indecline said that it portrayed “Trump’s likely fate.” The installation is the latest in a series of actions carried out by the group, which was also responsible for putting up the naked statues of Trump that appeared in cities across the US and for creating the cemetery featuring gravestones for all the things Trump allegedly killed in 2017 in Bedminster, New Jersey, earlier this year.