The inflatable, which is a caricature of Trump and depicts him as a nappy-wearing baby holding a mobile phone, was flown during Trump’s official visits to the UK in protest against the controversial president.
It was designed by Matt Bonner and paid for by crowdfunding ahead of his first official state visit in July 2018, where it was flown above Parliament Square. The helium balloon has since been flown in several countries around the world including France, Denmark, Argentina and the United States.
Now the tumultuous Trump presidency is coming to an end, the inflatable has been acquired by the Museum of London where it will be kept and may be displayed as part of their protest collection, alongside artefacts from the women’s Suffrage movement and climate rallies.
When it was first unveiled in 2018, political commentator Nigel Farage labelled it “the biggest insult to a sitting US president ever”. But according to Sharon Ament, the director of the Museum of London, the balloon’s humour is the British way, saying, “We use humour a lot. And we poke fun at politicians. This is a big – literally – example of that.”
In a statement, the creators of the blimp said: “We hope the baby’s place in the museum will stand as a reminder of when London stood against Mr Trump – but will prompt those who see it to examine how they can continue the fight against the politics of hate.”