Why Was There a Giant Inflatable Chicken Near the White House?

An email seeking comment from the White House was not immediately returned on Thursday.

Mr. Brar is not the first to unfurl an eye-popping symbol of political discontent aimed at Mr. Trump. Last year, an anarchist group called INDECLINE displayed orange nude life-size statues of the presidential candidate in several American cities, including in a park in New York.

Mr. Trump wasn’t there to see the chicken in person. He was several hundred miles away on an extended working vacation at his property in Bedminster, N.J., where a chicken likely falls low on a list of concerns currently topped by rising nuclear tensions with North Korea.

But Mr. Brar said he knew that the president, with his ardent use of Twitter, was likely to get wind of the protest through social media.

Mr. Brar said he had the idea in March to haul that chicken to the Ellipse. It took three trips to the District of Columbia to get the permit, he said.

“I just kept calling, kept showing up in person and kept emailing,” he said.

He learned there was a height limit for any structure to be erected where he wanted to place the chicken: 25 feet. But because his project was seen as an exercise in free speech, he said, “I got a waiver for the First Amendment.”

The images of the chicken were designed by the Seattle artist Casey Latiolais, according to Mr. Brar. Those images were sent to China and turned into a cold-air water balloon that Mr. Brar purchased and shipped to D.C. He took the balloon — along with four ropes and four sandbags totaling 600 pounds — to the site near the White House in a U-Haul truck.

He said he did most of the work, though he had help from a few volunteers. He studied camera angles to plant the chicken in just the right spot so that the White House was in the foreground and the Washington Monument in the rear. His aim: “To go viral.”

Then he inflated the chicken. Time: 30 to 45 minutes. “It was a very strenuous day out there yesterday,” he said.

When the rooster stood tall, tourists could see its golden brows furrowed in anger. Its bright red wattle echoed the president’s favorite color of necktie. The chicken had (golden) legs.

But why, pray tell, a chicken? And especially one that comes with a name, Chicken Don or Donny, and a Twitter account, @TaxMarchChicken?

“Images speak a thousand words, and the daily fire hose of lies from Trump is pretty deflating, like Chicken Don right now,” Mr. Brar said in a…

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