Well I mean, we had to post this. For art’s sake. Hope you are ready because here it is:
Here is what this is all about. A famous burger place in Lithuania (which is an amazing thing to know exists) named Keulė Rūkė, has this piece of provocative art painted on the outside of the building and, as a result, has had their name spread far and wide across the globe.
According to website Quartz, the mural is an homage to a famous photograph from 1979 showing Leonid Brezhnev kissing German Socialist and Russian ally Erich Honecker, which was itself later the subject of a graffiti mural on the Berlin Wall.
That is a good pedigree and this is legitimate art.
“We see many similarities between these two ‘heroes,’ Trump and Putin,” said Dominykas Ceckauskas, who owns Keulė Rūkė and commissioned the art, in an interview with Agence France-Presse. “They both have huge egos, and it’s amusing to see they are getting along well.”
The owner of the restaurant spoke with AFP about the work.
“It seems we have a new Cold War, and America may have a president who seeks friendship with Russia,” Dominykas Ceckauskas, who commissioned the giant mural on the outside wall of his burger restaurant, told AFP.
The fear of Trump’s seeming infatuation with Vladimir Putin is all too real, and not just here in the United States.
“Trump has notoriously stated that Putin is a strong leader, and that NATO is obsolete and expensive,” Kestutis Girnius, associate professor of the Institute of International Relations and Political Science in Vilnius, told AFP.
“This graffiti in Vilnius expresses the fear of some Lithuanians that Donald Trump is likely to kowtow to Vladimir Putin and be indifferent to Lithuania’s security concerns,” he said.
At first glance it may seem like an amusing move by a burger joint. But on closer inspection, there’s a legitimate, artistic vision behind the eye-catching graffiti.
And of course, an incredible piece of marketing. Surely THE Donald Trump can’t criticize that?