On Monday evening, guests checking in to Donald Trump’s Trump International Hotel in Washington DC were greeted with the words “Pay Trump Bribes Here” over the entrance.
The message, projected onto the building’s facade from across the street, was the work of artist and filmmaker Robin Bell, who has made a name for himself with his light-based—and essentially legal—form of protest graffiti.
“Arts are what inform people. It’s for discussion, where community comes together,” Bell told CNN. “One of the things that connects us is art.”
In addition to the “Bribes” message, Bell also projected the text of the U.S. Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, which prevents elected officials from benefiting from gifts provided by foreign governments—a law, critics contend, that Trump’s hotel clearly violates, given its proximity to the White House and the possibility for foreign dignitaries using the facility to curry favor with the president.
Monday’s projection was not the first time Bell has targeted Trump International Hotel. In November, shortly after Trump’s electoral victory, Bell splayed the words “Experts Agree: Trump Is A Pig” across the hotel’s entrance. And earlier this year, Bell projected an anti-Rex Tillerson message onto the U.S. State Department building.
Speaking with CNN, Bell admitted that Tuesday morning’s protest was fairly short-lived, after hotel staff demanded he stop the projection. But, he insisted, “there will be a lot more projections to come. We’re going to keep going.”