Ballarat residents and visitors have the chance to get inside the head of Donald Trump with the installation of a new work by Melbourne artist Callum Morton.
The outdoor artwork titled Monument #32: Helter Shelter combines sculpture with architecture. The hollowed-out head of US President Donald Trump, which emerges from the pavement, contains a shelter fitted with bench seating and decorated with inferno flames.
The work was recently voted in the top 10 best public artworks in the world by art and design agency UAP. It was commissioned in 2018 by Sydney Contemporary for the Barangaroo Precinct on Sydney Harbour. Since then it was been shown in the Gold Coast at HOTA (Home of the Arts). Its appearance in Ballarat will be its first showing in Victoria.
The head is installed in Alfred Deakin Place, in Camp Street behind the Art Gallery of Ballarat and will be on show until 5 April 2020.
Callum Morton is currently Professor of Fine Art at Monash University. His art explores the personal and social impact of architecture and our built environment, provoking us to think about the relationship between art and life, history and the present, and look again at the ubiquitous structures we see but rarely notice. His works are held in every major state collection in Australia, as well as private numerous private collections.