Chicago places questionable statue in front of Trump Tower

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The city of Chicago installed a 5-foot-tall statue near Trump Tower Monday that features the words “REAL FAKE” in block letters and is painted gold.

The statue was placed at the intersection of North Wabash Avenue and East Upper Wacker Drive, which is located directly across the river from Trump Tower. Chicago’s Trump Tower has been a popular site for protesters to gather since President Trump appeared on the political stage.

In an interview with The Chicago Tribune, city of Chicago spokeswoman Christine Carrino said, “What’s wonderful about art is that it is completely open to interpretation.”

The sculpture, which was loaned to the city by Chicago artist Scott Reeder and the Kavi Gupta Gallery in honor of Chicago’s “Year of Public Art,” was installed by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

According to the Tribune, Reeder could not be reached for comment. “But given that he made the sculpture in 2013, it’s reasonable to assume that it wasn’t created with the intention of mocking Trump. Still, the installation, in a spot where tourists frequently take selfies making rude gestures aimed at the president, seems calculated.”

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