An angry, menacing-looking Donald Trump currently gazes down Phoenix, Arizona’s Grand Avenue.
On the billboard, President Trump’s image is accompanied with mushroom and dollar signs configured to look like swastikas.
“I think a lot of people are feeling this way and I’m just trying to express what I think is on a lot of people’s minds these days,” said the artist of the billoard, Karen Fiorito, in a recent interview Friday in her home in California.
“Something that really concerned us was this idea of a dictatorship where things were going in a certain direction.”
If you look look closely, the mushrooms clouds were made in the shape of clown faces, and there is the Russian flag sitting on Trump’s collar.
“I tried to put a little bit of humor in things that are really dark and hard to take,” said Fiorito.
The art on the billboard had been commissioned by Beatrice Moore, the owner, and long-time supporter of Grand Avenue’s arts.
“Some of these issues are so important you can’t not speak out,” said Moore in a recent interview.
The billboard was installed Friday atop Grand and 11th Avenue to correlate with the beginning of the city’s annual 3-day event, Art Detour, in Phoenix’s downtown area. Moore stated that it will remain for the duration of Trump’s presidency.
This isn’t Moore and Fiorito’s first time putting up billboard art that created controversy.
Back in 2004, the latter made a billboard depicting former president George W. Bush along with high-profile government officials for Fiorito’s master’s thesis regarding political propaganda in Arizona State University.
“Dear America,” said the billboard, “we lied to you for your own good. Now trust us.”
Moore and Fiorito certainly expected lashing out from supporters of the president.
Fiorito also said she had received multiple death threats over her Trump billboard.
“A lot of hate. Things have gotten a lot more escalated now,” she added.
“I just hope that everyone involved in helping bring this message out is safe and that we all get through this unharmed,” said Fiorito.