Like ISIS destroying the Roman Ruins in Palmyra Syria, Donald Trump destroys art for profit in uneducated barbaric whims.
|Art Destroyed For Profit by Donald Trump|
Bonwit Teller, New York City. Image via The Department Store Museum.
Before the demolition of the Bonwit Teller building, Trump promised to donate the sculptures from the structure's Art Deco facade, as well as the decorative grillwork above the store's main entrance, to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The museum's appraised valued the sculptures at at least $200,000. However, without warning, Trump's workmen shattered the sculptures with jackhammers and cut the grillwork into scrap metal. Several days later, Trump admitted that he had ordered the destruction himself. Later in 1980, he boasted that the decor of his Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City included "real art, not like the junk I destroyed at Bonwit Teller". The New York Times condemned Trump's actions as "esthetic vandalism", and a spokesman for Mayor Edward Koch said Trump had failed his "moral responsibility to consider the interests of the people of the city”.
|Bonwit Teller, New York City. Image via The Department Store Museum.|
|1935 Walter Agar - The New Architectural Sculpture|