A group of snow sculptors were reportedly denied entry into a national competition this week because of their anti-Trump design proposals.

The Minnesota state champions, including members Dusty Thune, Kelly Thune and David Aichinger, will not be attending the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship this week, The Associated Press reported Thursday.

The team’s proposal, entitled “Statue of Tyranny,” depicted Trump as the Statue of Liberty with a child in a cage beneath him, a reference to the president’s immigration policies.


That proposal was rejected by event administrators, so the group submitted an alternative design called “Descension,” a display that would show people moving down an escalator into a gear. 

That design, too, was banned and another team from Minnesota was selected to take their place in the national competition in Wisconsin, the AP reported.

Organizers clarified rules to ban controversial or political designs after the team’s sculpture last year showed Trump’s hair and neck twisting into a pile of feces in protest of Trump’s reported comments calling African nations “shitholes.”

Event organizer Don Berg told AP that they heard complaints last year and hoped to prevent a similar situation at the family friendly event.

“We are trying to figure out those balances and make sure we don’t ruin what we have as an event,” he said.

Thune blasted the event’s organizers for blocking their designs, saying that art should spark conversation.

“I’m a little disgusted that they would censor art over profits. We won our state competition in order to get to nationals,” said Thune.

Thune’s team won the state competition in Minnesota again this year, so they will also be eligible for the 2020 competition.

He said their design will likely be political again if "that’s still what’s going on in the world today because we have something to say we’re not going to sit back and sit down and be quiet."

The national competition gathers 15 teams from 12 states to be judged on their snow sculpture’s creativity, technique and message.

The teams are each given a cylinder of snow 9 feet high and 8 feet across. They use saws, axes, files and other instruments to carve the snow, AP noted.