Donald Trump Rooster Sculpture Ushers in Chinese New Year

The first art sensation of 2017 would seem to be China’s 23-foot-tall Donald Trump-like rooster sculpture.

It’s designed by Seattle-based illustrator and animator Casey Latiolais in honor of the Chinese zodiac, which is set to usher in the year of the rooster on January 28.

The fiberglass statue, located outside a shopping mall in Taiyuan in Shanxi Province, features a Trumpian scowl with bushy eyebrows and a golden helmet of hair. “This was way more yuge than I expected,” wrote Latiolais on Twitter after the statue’s unveiling.

He told the New York Times that he created the design for Beijing Reliance Commercial Land, and had added the Trump-like features of his own accord. According to a Chinese social media news outlet cited by the South China Morning Post, the statue’s egg-shaped body and golden hair symbolize wealth and prosperity for 2017.

“I think the rooster is very cute and funny, the hairstyle and eyebrows look very much like Donald Trump. I’m sure it will attract a lot of customers,” said Wei Qing of Shenghe Yangtai Business, which is selling replicas of the statue, told CNN.

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