(AFP) – Robin Bell, multimedia artist and Donald Trump foe, regularly projects messages onto the facade of Trump International Hotel in Washington to “visually” denounce the American president’s policies.
On Tuesday, just before Trump delivered his State of the Union address before Congress, Bell projected the phrases “Donald Trump harassed or assaulted twenty women” and “Congress: Investigate Trump” on the hotel.
The hotel is located on Pennsylvania Avenue, a straight shot to Capitol Hill.
“The day of the State of the Union speech, it is important to highlight the fact that Trump is a sexual predator,” said Natalie Green, communications coordinator at women’s rights group UltraViolet, which collaborated on the project.
In December, three women – two of whom say Trump sexually harassed them – asked Congress to open an investigation into alleged predatory sexual behavior by the president.
“Congress has a constitutional duty to believe these women and start an investigation, and it is a national embarrassment if they don’t,” Green said.
As with each of his projections, Bell and his team had prepared with the detail and secrecy of a commando operation. He drove up and parked his van across the street from the hotel, got out quickly to install his projectors on a sidewalk facing the historic building, turned the switch – then waited for police to arrive.
“We are getting the message out, I’m happy,” he told AFP.
Projections last between two and 40 minutes, “depending on how fast security reacts,” according to Bell.
Bell insists that he remains entirely within the law, exercising his constitutionally protected First Amendment right to free expression in a public place, without damaging the building.
The artist says he uses his messages to create “specific visual markers” to denounce Trump and his family for their racism and nepotism.