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Trump-inspired artwork gets eyeballs in Cleveland’s Public Square

Julian Raven, of upstate Elmira, an artist and

Julian Raven, of upstate Elmira, an artist and alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention stands near a copy of his work "Unafraid And Unashamed" on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, in Cleveland's Public Square. Credit: Edward B. Colby

CLEVELAND - Julian Raven is “unafraid” to put his attention-grabbing Donald Trump-inspired artwork out there – and it was getting plenty of eyeballs Tuesday in Cleveland’s Public Square.

As the Trump supporter was starting an interview, a group of photographers descended.

“Sounds like birds,” Raven said of the clicks they generated.

The artist and Republican National Convention alternate delegate from Elmira, New York stood above a copy of his work “Unafraid And Unashamed,” which portrays Trump as a strong leader next to an eagle clutching an American flag.

Raven explained that he “had an image of an eagle flying down and rescuing a fallen flag.”

He then spent about 600 hours working on the project. The original is 8 by 16 feet long, he said.

“I couldn’t stop it, man,” Raven said of the creative compulsion he felt. “I lay in bed at night. I couldn’t stop.”


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