A sculpture of Vladimir Putin has appeared in a playground in New York’s Central Park

Written by By Zoe Sottile, CNN

Russian President Vladimir Putin showed up Monday evening at a Central Park playground in New York.

Well, not exactly – a bright red sculpture of Putin was erected there by French artist James Colomina.

Colomina took credit for the sculpture, which depicts Putin sitting atop a miniature war tank, in an Instagram post.

“This sculpture aims to denounce the absurdity of war and to highlight the courage of children in the face of violent and catastrophic situations triggered by others,” writes Colomina.

He posted several photos of children playfully interacting with the sculpture.

Colomina is known for its bright red street sculptures, often surreptitiously installed in public places without any prior warning. In April, he installed another sculpture with an anti-war message: a child soldier carrying a rifle that turns into a pink, placed in France.
And last year he erected two sculptures in his signature red in Berlin as a commentary on the 32nd anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, according to French gallery group Galeries Bartoux.
The Colomina facility comes more than five months after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Russia has inflicted devastating attacks on Ukraine “unprecedented since World War II”, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday.




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