Robin Bell, an artist based in Washington, DC, projected various phrases—such as “Emoluments welcome” and “Pay Trump bribes here”—on the facade of the Trump International Hotel as an act of protest, states Nick Visser of the Huffington Post.
Bell wanted his work to highlight just one of the countless improprieties—and potential illegalities—Trump has been accused of since entering the White House. At one point during the projection, the entirety of the US Constitution’s Emoluments Clause was displayed on the building, stating that those holding office may not accept gifts from foreign governments (though legal experts aren’t entirely sure if Trump has indeed violated the clause). The hotel, just minutes away from the White House, is popular with international diplomats.
Bell’s work went up around 10 PM last night and was shut down shortly thereafter by hotel security. Staff at the hotel chose not comment about the project.