An artistic protest, created by actor Shia LaBeouf and two artists, against President Donald Trump was attacked by vandals. This isn’t the first time LaBeouf’s anti-Trump project has been attacked, but the vandals upped the ante regarding how they decided to express their discontent. The vandals’ weapon of choice this time: a flame-throwing drone.
As reported by Gulf News, LaBeouf’s project, a combined effort between the actor, Finnish artist Nastja Sae Ronkko, and British artist Luke Turner, featured a white flag that displayed the words “He Will Not Divide Us,” and was being shown in the city of Nantes in western France at the time of the attack. The flag has been moved multiple times due to security concerns, making stops in New York, New Mexico, and Liverpool, England.
While the flag was on display, it was filmed around the clock by a camera.
At some point overnight on Tuesday, a drone attempted to set the display on fire for several minutes. The remotely piloted craft shot flames at the flag but ultimately failed to damage the exhibit before it crashed.
The project has previously been targeted by Trump supports since it was first displayed at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York on January 20, the day of Trump’s inauguration.
Originally, the project involved a camera, equipped with a microphone, that was displayed on a gallery wall in Queens, near where Trump was born. Visitors were encouraged to chant “he will not divide us” when in proximity to the camera.
The footage of passersby was going to be live-streamed on a website associated with the project for the full four years of Trump’s current presidential term.
When various altercations and arrests occurred near the project, it was relocated to a movie theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After gunshots were reported in proximity to the display, it was moved again. This time to the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) center in Liverpool until “dangerous trespassing” led it to be moved on more time.
The flag was relocated to a gallery in Nantes and put on display beginning on October 16.