Tunnel vision of the monkey President

By David Usborne in New York

23 December 2004


A satirical portrait of President George Bush composed of monkeys swimming in a marsh has been placed on a billboard at the entrance to a Hudson river tunnel used by thousands of commuters, a week after it was removed from a gallery in Manhattan amid allegations of censorship. Bush Monkey , by David Savido, a 23-year-old New York artist, will remain on the billboard for the rest of the month, paid for by funds donated anonymously. Mr Savido, who wanted to protest against the Iraq war, has put the work up for sale on eBay.

He plans to give the proceeds to parents of soldiers in Iraq so they can send them equipment the troops say is in short supply.