September 29, 2022


A red sculpture depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin mounted on a battle tank has been placed in a playground in New York’s famed Central Park.

Statue of Russian President Vladimir Putin riding a tank by French artist James Colomina in Central Park in Manhattan, New York
Children play next to a statue of Russian President Vladimir Putin riding a tank created by French artist James Colomina in Central Park in Manhattan, New York, USA, August 2, 2022.

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French artist James Colominawho is known for placing his red statues in unconventional areas without prior notice, created the piece, according to Reuters.

“This sculpture aims to denounce the absurdity of war and highlight the courage of children when facing violent, destructive situations caused by others,” the street artist wrote in a Instagram post about the statue. Colomina appeared to be mentioned Russia’s war with Ukraine — and the Russian president’s role in it.

Statue of Russian President Vladimir Putin riding a tank by French artist James Colomina in Central Park in Manhattan, New York
A child points a water pistol at a statue of Russian President Vladimir Putin riding a tank by French artist James Colomina at a playground in Central Park in Manhattan, New York, U.S., August 2, 2022.

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Statue of Russian President Vladimir Putin riding a tank by French artist James Colomina in Central Park in Manhattan, New York
A child throws sand on a statue of Russian President Vladimir Putin riding a tank created by French artist James Colomina in Central Park in Manhattan, New York, USA, August 2, 2022.

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Images provided by Reuters show children playing with the sculpture — throwing sand on it and aiming what appeared to be small water cannons at the sculpture’s head.

Statue of Russian President Vladimir Putin riding a tank by French artist James Colomina in Central Park in Manhattan, New York
Children put sand on a statue of Russian President Vladimir Putin riding a tank created by French artist James Colomina in Central Park in Manhattan, New York, U.S., August 2, 2022.

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Kolomina’s Instagram features two other identical red statues of Putin placed in parks around the world. In July, one was created Parc de Joan Miró in Barcelona. A month ago, one appeared Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris.





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