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A rubber caricature of US President Donald Trump designed by one of the creators of satirical TV show Spitting Image is to go on display.The show’s co-creator Roger Law said he was approached by US network NBC about rebooting the show.The American spin-off is expected to be penned by US writers, although the puppets will be made in the UK.Law’s Trump puppet will go on display in Norwich as part of a retrospective of the artist’s work.On Trump getting the Spitting Image treatment, Mr Law said: “I am a reformed old gentleman but I get very angry about things. “It’s puppets, not people so you can get away with murder.”Asked if he thought the US leader would post a critique about his puppet parody, Law said: “That’ll get a few more viewers… He spends six hours a day watching television so of course he’ll watch it.”Roger Law created Spitting Image in the 1980s alongside Peter Fluck and Martin Lambie-Nairn.
The show ran for 13 years, parodying figures from Margaret Thatcher to Arthur Scargill.The exhibition will feature an array of the Ely-based artist’s work, including some of the puppets as well as his work as a ceramic artist, which has seen him establish himself in Jingdezhen, one of China’s most famous porcelain centres.Mr Law described walking through the retrospective as “like drowning”, adding: “All these images you’ve done in the past come back to haunt you.”The Trump puppet will stand alongside a number of other near life-size upper torso puppets including a Spitting Image Margaret Thatcher.The gallery’s deputy director Ghislaine Wood said: “This is the first time the new Trump puppet will be shown. It is certainly the startling object in the exhibition.”The exhibition Roger Law: From Satire to Ceramics will run from November 18 until April 3 2018 at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in the University of East Anglia in Norwich.
Source: BBC Norfolk