Actor Shia LaBeouf’s controversial art installation, “HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US,” was created in protest to President Donald Trump.
It was intended to run non-stop for the next four years, but encountered some unexpected problems.
The anti-Trump installation was located at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City and live-streamed museum-goers chanting “He will not divide us,” at a camera 24 hours a day.
But the art project seemed to be a magnet for trouble.
LaBeouf got into verbal and physical fights with some visitors and even got taken away in handcuffs at one point, according to earlier reports.
It was apparently too much for the Museum of the Moving Image, who pulled the plug on February 10 because it was causing “violence.”
They said in a statement:
“The installation created a serious and ongoing public safety hazard for the Museum, its visitors, staff, local residents, and businesses.”
LaBeouf slammed the Museum of the Moving Image for “abandoning” his project in a statement released Saturday. He said:
“It is our understanding that the museum bowed to political pressure in ceasing their involvement with our project. We were only informed of the museum’s capitulation in an email from their attorney, Brendan O’Rourke—a lawyer who we note also represents the current president.”
“It is clear, therefore, that the Museum of the Moving Image is not fit to speak of our intent as artists. As of February 18, 2017, we are proud to be continuing HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US at the El Rey Theater, Albuquerque.”
El Rey Theater, Albuquerque pic.twitter.com/QYgKyBgvhR
— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) February 18, 2017
The location, much like the art project itself, could be a political statement by LaBeouf. New Mexico would be affected by President Trump’s border wall, which has stirred up some controversy in the state, according to the Las Cruces Sun-News.
Despite the choice of the location, the installation’s live-stream seems to be relatively calm…for now.