The Museum of London has re-inflated Donald Trump’s miniature balloon in a bid to find his “final resting place”.
The huge inflatable depicting the former US president wearing a nappy and holding a mobile phone has undergone an inflation test by the Museum of London to check if it is structurally sound, how long it will hold air and make any small repairs.
The last time the sky flew over Parliament Square was during protests against Mr Trump’s state visit to the UK in June 2019.
The balloon was gifted to the Museum of London in January 2021, and the foundation hopes it will be on display at their new home in West Smithfield, which is due to open in 2026.
“Things that are supposed to be short-lived like that are always hard to maintain trump A spokesman for the Museum of London said “Zeppelin”.
It was made to be flown over Parliament Square during then-President Trump’s visit to London in 2019 – a symbol that is fast, flexible and visible, unlike the permanent statues in Parliament Square that are made of more durable materials.
“We worked with scientists at University College London and the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, to analyze the composition of the plastic… The airship is made of PVC, which is soft, flexible and very thin, like a giant beach ball.
“Plastics age and degrade in unexpected ways sometimes, so this will help us determine how best to preserve them long-term as part of our collection.”
Inflation is the final test as the balloon joins other pieces in the museum’s protest collection, including objects related to the suffrage movement and banners, flags, and banners from the protests to make it easier to access public transportation.