Art Finksters, an anonymous collective, is responsible for installing toilets painted gold and emblazoned with an image of a pig wearing a crown in cities such as Austin, Miami, and Los Angeles, Claire Voon of Hyperallergic reports. The toilets urge viewers to “Take a Trump.”
The collective began depositing the anti-Trump works in public places on the president’s hundredth day in office. The founder of Art Finksters said that George Orwell’s Animal Farm (1945) influenced the project, and specifically cited the lines: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others,” and “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.” The toilets are also a nod to Hanksy’s “Dump Across America” campaign, for which he painted a mural of Trump as a dump with flies buzzing around him in New York City, and to Maurizio Cattelan’s sculpture America, 2016, an actual toilet made of gold that is currently on view and available for use at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The project intends to both mock Trump’s well-known affinity for gold and foreshadow the path in which he is leading America.
The founder of the collective also clarified that its members are activists whose “future work will cover any and everything that needs to be discussed and heard,” but they don’t consider themselves to be an anti-Trump group. While city officials removed most of the toilets soon after they appeared, Art Finksters confirmed that more are on their way to undisclosed locations in the US.