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Donald heads... to Ballarat

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A sculpture of a hollow-headed Donald Trump is being unveiled in Alfred Deakin Place, next to Ballarat’s Art Gallery.

The bright orange installation by artist Callum Morton has seating inside, where it has been decorated with inferno flames.

Known as ‘Monument #32: Helter Shelter’, 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 and its appearance in Ballarat will be its first showing in Victoria.

Art Gallery of Ballarat Director Louise Tegart says the sculpture will provide a real taking point:

“This impressive public art work will stop people in their tracks and poses a deeply

uncomfortable question about who we ought to accept shelter from,” she said.

‘Donald’ will remain in Alfred Deakin Place until April 5.

Image: Callum Morton’s Helter Shelter on display at HOTA, Gold Coast, January 2019