Artist projects phrases in protest onto Trump hotel in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump International Hotel in D.C. was briefly illuminated with projected messages in an act of protest this week.

Robin Bell, a Washington-based artist and filmmaker, says he used a video projector to splash words — including “pay Trump bribes here” and “emoluments welcome” — across an entrance to the hotel on Monday night in protest of what he called President Donald Trump’s foreign ties.

He says the projector ran for about 10 minutes before a security guard asked him to stop.

In this photo provided by Liz Gorman, taken Monday, May 15, 2017, President Donald Trump’s Washington hotel is briefly illuminated with projected messages by Robin Bell, a Washington-based artist and filmmaker. Bell says he used a video projector to splash the words across an entrance to the hotel in protest of what he called Trump’s foreign ties. He says the projector ran for about 10 minutes before a security guard asked him to stop. (Liz Gorman via AP) (AP/Liz Gorman)
In this photo provided by Liz Gorman, taken Monday, May 15, 2017, President Donald Trump’s Washington hotel is briefly illuminated with projected messages by Robin Bell, a Washington-based artist and filmmaker. Bell says he used a video projector to splash the words across an entrance to the hotel in protest of what he called Trump’s foreign ties. He says the projector ran for about 10 minutes before a security guard asked him to stop. (Liz Gorman via AP)
In this photo provided by Liz Gorman, taken Monday, May 15, 2017, President Donald Trump’s Washington hotel is briefly illuminated with projected messages by Robin Bell, a Washington-based artist and filmmaker. Bell says he used a video projector to splash the words across an entrance to the hotel in protest of what he called Trump’s foreign ties. He says the projector ran for about 10 minutes before a security guard asked him to stop. (Liz Gorman via AP) (AP/Liz Gorman)
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In this photo provided by Liz Gorman, taken Monday, May 15, 2017, President Donald Trump’s Washington hotel is briefly illuminated with projected messages by Robin Bell, a Washington-based artist and filmmaker. Bell says he used a video projector to splash the words across an entrance to the hotel in protest of what he called Trump’s foreign ties. He says the projector ran for about 10 minutes before a security guard asked him to stop. (Liz Gorman via AP)

Bell says it’s the fifth time he’s trained his projector onto the hotel. He previously projected images of administration officials, accompanied by the words “swamp monsters.”

The hotel has been a popular spot for protests since Trump took office.

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