Hillary Clinton Portrait Alerts Security Dogs, Causes Road Closures at Miami Art Festival

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens to a question during a campaign stop at WH Bagshaw, a 5th generation family owned business, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
AP Photo/Jim Cole

Two security dogs, alarmed by what appeared to be a suspicious crate at an art festival in Miami, Florida, Saturday morning, caused police to shut down the area to investigate the potential threat.

But when authorities pried open the crate outside the Art Miami tent, the only thing they found was a portrait of Hillary Clinton dressed as a punk with pink hair and a studded jacket encased in a pink frame, Fox News reported.

The Miami Herald reports that the suspected threat caused event organizers to clear the site around the tent at One Herald Plaza and prompted police to close roads around Biscayne Boulevard with police cruisers and yellow tape.

Authorities, who remained unconvinced that the 16-inch by 20-inch acrylic-on-wood painting was not a threat, placed the item through security scanners to find it free of any explosive materials.

The painting, titled “Punk Hillary,” had been created by Orlando artist Scott Scheidly.

Scheidly shipped a similar pop-art painting of President Trump called “Pimp Trump” to the festival, but security organizers already removed the painting from the crate before security performed a check of the crate.

Both pieces of artwork sold for $4,000 each to a single collector.

Gallery owner Ken Hashimoto said he was not sure why the dogs reacted that way to the paintings, and he jokingly said that the bomb-sniffing dog must be “a Republican.”


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