The art professor who led the project, Arturo Pimentel, was among the students who spoke to The Globe and Mail.
The professor, who is from the City College of New York, said he has spent the last three years studying the impact of the new President Donald Trump on students.
Pimentel said he and his colleagues had been inspired by the recent election of Donald J. Trump to be part of the group of students who would make a sculpture of Trump.
The group is working to design and build a large, 1,000-square-metre bronze sculpture of the President.
“This is an opportunity to create a sculpture that can inspire, to connect with people and to challenge them,” Pimentetel said.
“The sculpture will challenge people to think about the role of art in the public sphere.
It will be a conversation starter for students.”
The students are also considering other projects.
The project will include a statue dedicated to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.
There is also an exhibition about the impact Trump’s presidency has had on American art.
In his speech to the graduating class, Pimente said Trump’s policies have damaged the country’s arts, and the students’ project seeks to use the art world to promote the message that America is great again.
“This project is about how art can bring a community together and change perceptions of a nation that was destroyed by the Trump administration,” Pimentalel said, adding that his project has also been inspired in part by the student-led protests over the weekend.
“We will use the students as a platform to speak up and fight against those who are destroying the world.”
Pimente also said the project will be about celebrating art that has been destroyed.
He said the student group has chosen to work with the artist of the day, Luis Fonsi, who works on murals, paintings and sculptures in Los Angeles.
As a result, Fonsilio is a symbol for the students.
“Art is a reflection of our country, a way of expressing itself and being ourselves,” Fonsis said in an email.
A statement from the University of Southern California said: “We are committed to providing an environment in which the arts can thrive, and we welcome students from across the globe to share their creativity and experience through the USC Art Gallery. “
Fonsi’s work is one example of what we can do together, with the goal of creating a shared vision for our country.”
A statement from the University of Southern California said: “We are committed to providing an environment in which the arts can thrive, and we welcome students from across the globe to share their creativity and experience through the USC Art Gallery.
The Art Gallery’s partnership with the Students for Art, Technology, and Culture program allows us to create an environment that encourages exploration of diverse forms of art.”
“It’s about bringing together all of us who have a vision for the world,” Piments said.