It’s been an exhausting election year for us all, and dozens of artists have used the streets to express their views and bring some levity to this incredibly divisive political season. From the primary through the general election, here’s an overview of election Street Art in New York City during this painfully long election.
City Kitty somehow succeeded in transforming the presidential candidates into cute cats.
Hanksy’s legendary mural which inspired “Dump Across America”—a grassroots (bowel) movement against Donald Trump. Accompanied by Brooklyn’s Royal Knights marching band, the crew delivered the “Dump Trump” poop emoji to several of Trump’s properties, including his residency and Trump Tower.
The first (and only) anti-Ted Cruz street art I found. This goes after Cruz and his bizarre stunt to pick Carly Fiorina as a running mate.
While a majority of Street Art, graffiti, and stickers celebrated Bernie Sanders, there was also a series of anti-Bernie stickers that kept popping up around NYC.
Trump vs Clinton on The Streets
Donald Trump, reality TV star turned presidential candidate, was clearly the loser on the street. With a torrent of controversial statements, the bombastic figure was often the target of ridicule.
Installation by B-A-D FOR GOOD in Washington Square– a mashup of flags walled by stacks of US dollars, Euros and Pounds with the portraits of right-wing politicians.
According to the art collective’s site: “Four flags made of four national flags that share more than a colour palette: they fought and won the war against racial hatred 71 years ago. And today, right-wing politicians are gaining popularity for their speeches about building walls and keeping refugees and immigrants out.”
Dozens of KIDULT’s anti-Trump posters were put up all over Soho. Everyone I found had been defaced. (SoHo, NYC)
The Emperor Has No Balls
New Yorkers clearly got a kick out of “The Emperor Has No Balls,” one of five life-size statues of Donald Trump by the created by anarchist art collective Indecline.
For hours, people gathered around the statue to laugh and pose for photos, while the NYC Parks Department figured out how to remove the art. One parks worker was overheard saying it had to be removed because it was inappropriate. Eventually, the figure was smashed and taken away.
Later, the NYC Parks department released this statement: “NYC Parks stands firmly against any unpermitted erection in city parks, no matter how small.”
Other statues had been installed in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cleveland and Seattle.
All-Seeing Trump Fortune-telling Machine
A mysterious Donald Trump fortune-telling machine kept popping up all over New York City. In Tribeca Park, dozens gathered around to hear the automatic Trump list off his various visions for America’s future. One of the dozens of misfortunes was: “Not every woman is a dog – only the fat, disgusting ones. And don’t worry: in the future, when I am president, I’ll do something about it. We are gonna make America SEXY again!” After the Zoltar-like Trump finished, the machine dispenses a paper fortune, which states things like, “The future is not to be feared, unless you are Black, Mexican, or Muslim.”
The Tribeca Park installation lasted a short time before a man, who never identifies himself, demanded the All-Seeing Trump machine be removed. Quickly the press ask him who he is and what authority he has to ask for the machine to be removed. While he never answers, the people with him are from the NYC Park Department. At one point, things getting a bit tense between the press and the Parks Department workers.
Beat Up Trump
“Beat Up Trump” by performance artist Kalan Sherrard in Union Square.
Hillary Clinton is first woman to be nominated for president by a major political party. While she is often under-fire by the media and the right-wing, Hillary has still been celebrated in the streets of New York.
“Nasty Woman” became a rallying cry after Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton ““a nasty woman” in third third debate.
“This crocheted billboard is my uncommissioned letter to Hillary Clinton, a letter from a woman, an artist, and a naturalized US citizen. ” – Polish-American artist Olek
“Vote Your Conscience”- mural commissioned by developer Aby Rosen. The phrase is a reference to the infamous non-endorsement speech by Ted Cruz at the RNC.