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Why a 7ft tall Harambe statue appeared outside of Facebook

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Written by Megan C. Hills, CNN

A gigantic bronze statue of Harambe, a gorilla shot at the Cincinnati Zoo in 2016, was installed outside Facebook’s headquarters in California on Tuesday before being quickly removed. The 7-foot-high installation was accompanied by 10,000 bananas, which were placed at the foot of the company’s blue logo.

The gorilla, which was recently spotted in front of the famous Charging Bull statue on Wall Street, New York, is the work of Sapien Tribe, an organization that describes itself as “the first sovereign digital nation dedicated to raising the need and the well-being of human beings and our planet first. ”

In a press release, Sapien Tribe said the stunts were an effort to “show that the dominant power structures created by financial institutions like Wall Street and tech empires like Facebook have become totally out of touch with the needs of ordinary people.”

The statue’s ephemeral appearance on Wall Street was always meant to be a temporary installation, according to a spokesperson for the Sapien tribe, who told CNN at the time that it would appear in other locations unknown to the States. -United.

The Sapien Tribe confirmed that the statue was not installed with permission from New York City via email, but that police and other local authorities “supported” their peaceful protest and “made accommodations for us”.

Sapient Tribe claims to be developing an alternative social media platform which, according to one of the co-founders Ankit Bhatia, will offer “an alternative social experience to the existing system, enabled by technology but governed by people instead of algorithms” .

The statue was commissioned by Sapien Tribe and created by Minnesota companies Outshaped and Wood + Metal Fabrications.

So far, the bananas used in the facility have been donated to local food banks.

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