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Rapid City organization begins work on statue of President Trump
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Rapid City organization begins work on statue of President Trump

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As Donald Trump’s presidency ended, the City of Presidents was looking forward to his presence in downtown Rapid City.

Dallerie Davis, co-founder and artist liaison for the organization, said the project is in the concept stage and that Rapid City “absolutely, positively” will have a President Trump statue.

“We treat every president with respect for the office of the presidency,” she said Wednesday.

The statue will incorporate a couple of Trump’s distinct trademarks.

“Right now, we know we’ve got to deal with the very unusual hair style, and we know we’ll have to involve tweeting,” Davis said.

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Twitter was a favorite means of communication for Trump throughout his presidential campaign and fours years in the White House. His most prolific day was June 5, 2020, when he tweeted 200 times.

“I try to remind people this is history, it’s not politics. We have nothing to do with politics. We have everything to do with history,” she said.

A location has not yet been selected for the nation's 45th president. Davis said the City of Presidents has more than 80 street corners to choose from. The project also has not yet announced the artist who will create the bronze statue.

The statue’s location “will depend on what the statue looks like. We try to make it site specific so it will fit well in the location,” she said.

The City of Presidents is a privately funded series of life-sized bronze statues of the nation's presidents. The project was launched in 2000 to honor past and future presidents and increase foot traffic in downtown Rapid City. 

The most recent addition to the project is President Barack Obama. From concept to completion, the Obama statue was about two years in the making. The final design required the approval of The City of Presidents board of directors but specific details about the statue remained a closely held secret until the unveiling.

The statue depicting Obama and his daughter, Sasha, was officially unveiled on July 13, 2019. It was installed on July 15 near Trinity Eco Prayer Park on the corner of St. Joseph and Fourth streets. Obama's second term as president ended in January 2017.

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