Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Home News UK

Donald Trump and Boris Johnson pictured in passionate artwork embrace

Published 24/05/2016

A graffiti mural of Donald Trump and Boris Johnson
A graffiti mural of Donald Trump and Boris Johnson

Donald Trump and Boris Johnson have been pictured in a passionate embrace in a 15ft-high artwork painted on to a building in Bristol.

It portrays the US and UK politicians - who are united in their desire for Britain to exit the EU - engaged in a kiss.

The image is reminiscent of the Berlin Wall graffiti artwork of a kiss between ex-Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and East Germany's Erich Honecker.

The mural is in The Carriageworks in Stokes Croft, which is part of a collection of buildings considered to be one of the city's biggest eyesores. The Stokes Croft area is also known as the spiritual home of artist Banksy.

The text below the graffiti artwork suggests that voters who are against the pro-Brexit transatlantic union should register to vote ahead of the referendum on June 23.

Campaign group We Are Europe has claimed responsibility for the artwork.

"The referendum on June 23 is one of the biggest political decisions of our lifetime and we couldn't stand by and watch it be dominated by political infighting, negative arguments and middle-aged trolls," they said.

"This is our future - so we decided to take it back. And this starts by taking back the internet, through a positive campaign that we can all believe in."

Former London mayor Mr Johnson is leading a campaign for Britain to leave the EU while US presidential hopeful Mr Trump believes the UK will also leave.

The Bristol mural is similar to the picture My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love, sometimes referred to as the Fraternal Kiss, a 1990 graffiti painting on the Berlin wall by Dmitri Vrubel.

It depicts Brezhnev and Honecker in a fraternal embrace, reproducing a photograph that captured the moment in 1979 during the 30th anniversary celebration of the foundation of the German Democratic Republic.

The mural was painted by artists Felix Braun and Jack Dones, who work under the Paintsmiths of Bristol label.

Harriet Kingaby, one of the founders of We Are Europe, said: "People need to look at this image and think, 'is this the future I want?'.

"Research shows that most people in their 20s and 30s would vote to remain in the EU, but 7.5 million people still haven't registered to vote."

Bethan Harris, another founder, said: "We started We Are Europe because we didn't want anyone to wake up on June 24 and wish they'd done more to ensure we didn't sleepwalk into Brexit.

"The polls are tight. Not turning out on either side of the Atlantic is a vote out, and a vote for a world with these two guys in charge."

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph