It feels like a lifetime ago now, but do you remember the enormous, orange, shiny baby blimp of Donald Trump? It’s now been bought by the Museum Of London.
The likeness was flown over Parliament Square during the US president’s visit to the UK. It’s now found a new home.
The Museum of London has bought it, to join their protest collection. It includes other artefacts from the Suffragette movement, climate-crisis rallies and peace activism.
Measuring some 6m-high (19.7ft) the blimp was flown back in July 2018.
The Museum of London says the blimp was an “extraordinary and imaginative idea” and a “response from Londoners”. It features the departing US president clad in a nappy with his ever-present mobile phone.
It’s now being conserved by the museum, and it could go on display in the future. The blimp’s creators said in a statement they hoped it would be “a reminder of the politics of resistance that took place during Trump’s time in office”.
“While we’re pleased that the Trump baby can now be consigned to history along with the man himself, we’re under no illusions that this is the end of the story,” they said in a statement to PA Media.
They added: “This large inflatable was just a tiny part of a global movement — a movement that was led by the marginalised people whose Trump’s politics most endangered. We hope the baby’s place in the museum will stand as a reminder of when London stood against Mr Trump – but will prompt those who see it to examine how they can continue the fight against the politics of hate.”
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The Museum of London’s director, Sharon Ament, says the museum was “not political and does not have any view about the state of politics in the States”, but the balloon can be seen as satirical humour.
“We use humour a lot. And we poke fun at politicians. This is a big – literally – example of that,” she said.
“London has always been an open, ever-evolving polyglot city. A haven for knowledge, tradition and controversy and over thousands of years we have played host to many a historic protest. By collecting the baby blimp we can mark the wave of feeling that washed over the city that day and capture a particular moment of resistance — a feeling still relevant today as we live through these exceptionally challenging times — that ultimately shows Londoners banding together in the face of extreme adversity,” she adds.
As well as flying in London after Sadiq Khan gave permission, the blimp has also appeared at other state visits around the world. It’s also been seen flying in Washington DC and at several of Trump’s rallies. It has also appeared in France, Argentina, Ireland, and Denmark.
Do you like the blimp?