THIS SCULPTURE MAY BE AS CLOSE AS IT GETS TO A SERENE TRUMP. PHOTO COURTESY OF HONG JINSHI.
A Chinese artist who managed to put Trump and Zen together in the form of a sculpture said he had a message for the bombastic former president: “Let go.”
The ceramic statue of the 45th U.S. president sitting cross-legged became a social media hit in China and abroad after the product was listed on the popular shopping site Taobao.
Its creator, 43-year-old furniture designer Hong Jinshi, told VICE World News he was surprised the statues he made for personal entertainment would rise to fame.
Hong Jinshi, furniture designer and creator of a viral Trump sculpture
HONG JINSHI POSES WITH A TRUMP BUDDHA STATUE HE MADE.
At his home in the southeastern city of Xiamen, Hong had been contemplating the sculpture for months, before settling on the final design last week. He said the idea came from the sharp contrast between Trump’s worldly personality and the peaceful, detached state of a buddha.
“You can say I’m giving him some advice,” Hong said. “Aiya, you are already so successful, and you should just let go of things, and enjoy your elderly life. Your life is already perfect.”
VR Niti Sejpal