Donald Trump balloon: Baby blimp acquired by Museum of London

A giant blimp depicting Donald Trump as a diaper-clad baby, which followed the outgoing US President on his visits to London and symbolized international opposition to his administration, has secured its place in history after being acquired by a British museum.

The Donald Trump baby blimp, which flew over Parliament Square during the US president’s visit to the UK, has found a new home.

The over-sized orange balloon depicting the bequiffed US leader in a nappy. – AFP, 

The Museum of London has bought it so it can rest in its protest collection.

The 6m-high (19.7ft) inflatable, blimp was flown over Parliament Square during the US President’s working visit to the UK in July 2018.

Donald Trump blimp
The balloon flew in Parliament Square as part of a protest against the president’s visit – PA MEDIA

The huge inflatable depicts the US president wearing a nappy and clutching a mobile phone.

Following a global tour it will now be conserved by the museum and could go on display in the future.

Donald Trump blimp
It depicts the US president wearing a nappy and holding a mobile phone – EPA

Donald Trump baby balloon at the 4th Women's March LA in Downtown. Los Angeles, January 18, 2020.
Donald Trump baby balloon at the 4th Women’s March LA in Downtown. Los Angeles, January 18, 2020. – AFP 

In a statement, the effigy’s creators said they hoped it would be “a reminder of the politics of resistance that took place during Trump’s time in office”.

Donald Trump blimp in Copenhagen
The blimp has been on a world tour and featured in a demonstration in Copenhagan, Denmark, in September 2019 -EPA

The Museum of London’s director, Sharon Ament, said the museum was “not political and does not have any view about the state of politics in the States”, but the balloon had touched on the typical British response of satire.

“We use humour a lot. And we poke fun at politicians. This is a big – literally – example of that,” she said.

Donald Trump is in the final days of his presidency with Joe Biden’s inauguration set to take place on Wednesday

BBC News

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