Having already proved an Instagramable hit in Sydney, an artwork depicting US President Donald Trump’s head went on public display in Ballarat, Victoria, on January 15.
The sculpture, titled Monument #32: Helter Shelter, by Australian artist Callum Morton, was first displayed in Sydney in September 2018 before traveling to Queensland. The Ballarat installation is the first time the sculpture has appeared in the state of Victoria.
Morton describes the sculpture as “very readable,” but says the context of the piece changes depending on where it is, what’s going on in the world, and the public’s perception of Trump at a given time.
The sculpture, a hollow depiction of the top half of Trump’s head, contains a bench to the rear. This lets viewers sit inside the president’s head, against a backdrop design of flames burning. “How we feel about climate change now, in the context of the fires, is more exaggerated,” Morton said.
Monument #32: Helter Shelter will be showing at the Art Gallery of Ballarat until April 5. Credit: City of Ballarat via Storyful