East and West are colliding in 2017. As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take control of the Oval Office in the United States of America, the Chinese zodiac turns to the year of the rooster. An enterprising group of owners at a Chinese mall found a way to combine the two into one viral, feather-ruffling advertising campaign. At the center is a rooster that looks like The Donald.
Seattle-based artist Casey Latiolais created the towering, 23-foot high sculpture. Commissioned by the Beijing Reliance Commercial Land Company, the monument to the year of the rooster sits outside of the N1 ArtWalk Mall, located in Taiyuan. The Trumpian statue is the new mascot for the shopping center, which recently opened in northern China’s Shanxi Province.
The sculpture features many of Donald Trump’s famed physical characteristics. Most noticeably, the rooster has bushy eyebrows and a furrowed brow. On one side, the feathers on the outstretched wings point at the audience for effect. On the other side, the feathers make a small ‘O’ shape. Atop the sculpture is a massive golden coif of hair. According to the artist, he decided on his own to use Trump as the model for his artwork. Specifically, he added in the golden hair and egg-shaped body as symbols of good luck and financial prosperity for the year of the rooster, which starts on January 28.
While the mall will eventually sell its own copies of Rooster Trump, replicas are already available from other companies. They range in price from $47 to $1,732, with the latter the cost of a 32-foot, inflatable model. Hundreds of other knockoff replicas are on sale from the Chinese version of eBay, Taobao.
This statue is not the first time Trump’s appearance has garnered considerable media attention in China. Following his election, Twitter and Weibo erupted with pictures of a Golden Pheasant living in an animal sanctuary in Hangzhou. Similar to the future President of the United States, the bird sports an impressive crown of golden hair on its head.
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