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Naked Trump Statues Appear in Major US Cities

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People take photos of a statue of a naked Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in New York's Union Square, Aug. 18, 2016. City parks workers later removed the statue.

People take photos of a statue of a naked Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in New York's Union Square, Aug. 18, 2016. City parks workers later removed the statue.

It's the image of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump that, once seen, cannot be unseen.

Life-size naked statues of Trump greeted people in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Cleveland on Thursday. The statues, created by a Las Vegas-based artist who uses the name "Ginger," depict a stern-faced Trump with his hands folded over a bulging belly. Some parts of male genitalia are visible while others seemingly are missing.

The project, called “The Emperor Has No B—s,” was put on by an artists group called INDECLINE, which said its hope was that Trump "is never installed in the most powerful political and military position in the world.''

"It is through these sculptures that we leave behind the physical and metaphorical embodiment of the ghastly soul of one of America's most infamous and reviled politicians,'' INDECLINE said in its statement.

Trump's campaign declined to comment on the statues.

The statue in New York's Union Square quickly drew the attention of people, many of whom posed for photographs with it before the city's parks department removed it.

INDECLINE said the statues on the West Coast were still in place.

Ginger previously designed monsters for haunted houses.

“When the guys [at INDECLINE] approached me, it was all because of my monster-making abilities,” the artist told The Washington Post. “Trump is just yet another monster, so it was absolutely in my wheelhouse to be able to create these monstrosities.”

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