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Anti-Trump billboard artist receives death threats

By: Megan Janetsky, The Arizona Republic
March 18, 2017 Updated: March 18, 2017 at 10:55 pm
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A billboard sign depicting President Donald Trump's face next to explosions and dollar signs created with typography imitating Nazi swastikas went up in downtown Phoenix on March 17, 2017. (Photo: Johana Restrepo/The Republic)

PHOENIX — Artist Karen Fiorito knew a backlash was bound to come. And it has.

Commissioned by a downtown Phoenix art gallery in January to create a billboard art piece that would comment on President Trump's administration, Fiorito said what she had in mind was going to stir up a controversy.

Karen Fiorito, an artist and activist in California, received a wave of backlash following a political commentary piece she created to stand in downtown Phoenix (Photo: Courtesy of Karen Fiorito) 

"Billboards are perfect because you don't have to go to a gallery to see it," she said. "You're creating a dialogue with the public. You're reaching people you'd never reach with your artwork."

The completed billboard went up in downtown Phoenix on Friday afternoon amid the Art Detour event. Plastered on one side is a depiction of Trump's face staring down. The red background is mingled with mushroom-cloud explosions and dollar signs in typography imitating Nazi swastikas.

Read the full story at USA Today.

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