What started as a humorous form of protest could now become an exhibit displayed in the United Kingdom’s most renowned museums. The British Museum, Museum of London and the Bishopsgate Institute are all vying to get their hands on “Trump Baby.”
The New York Times reported Thursday that the British Museum is already having talks with the balloon creators and hopes to display the baby as early as September. Its plan is to use the balloon as a feature for its exhibition of the history and dissent of protest.
Museum of London and Bishopsgate Institute have more long-term plans for the balloon, including a permanent spot at the Institute’s archive of the history of protest.
However, the 19-foot-tall inflatable presents a challenge for museums when it comes to actually displaying it.
“We’d need to work out how to do that,” an archive manager at Bishopsgate, Stef Dickers, told the Times. “You could definitely come in and look at ‘Trump Baby,’ you just might need to bring your own pump.”
Well @realDonaldTrump – thanks for the memories!
Here’s a little take-home for you:
Never come back. pic.twitter.com/AF0V2ucKvy
— Trump Baby (@TrumpBabyUK) July 16, 2018
The Trump Baby balloon was an idea created by activists that exploded in the public eye. Originally, the intent was to fly the balloon at a London protest against the president’s arrival.
The baby even captured the attention of President Trump. He avoided London on his recent visit to the United Kingdom, citing the blimp.
“I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London,” he told The Sun. “I used to love London as a city. I haven’t been there in a long time. But when they make you feel unwelcome, why would I stay there?”
We have take off!
— Sky News (@SkyNews) July 13, 2018
The baby’s creators have not yet confirmed if they’ll let a museum house their work, but the diaper-wearing symbol of resistance is sure to continue to make an impact.
“It’s become this sort of iconic image that could define part of Trump’s presidency,” Kevin Smith, one of the balloon’s organizers, told the Times.