On Monday, a striking new statue surfaced in a playground in New York City’s Central Park. The red statue is of Russian President Vladimir Putin, depicting the leader in a peculiar pose. The Putin statue features the President with his hands tucked between his legs while riding a child-sized tank. The sculpture is the work of James Colomina, who took credit for the piece on Instagram.
The artist commented: “This sculpture aims at denouncing the absurdity of war and at highlighting children’s courage when faced with violent, catastrophic situations triggered by others.” Known for his red sculptures, Colomina speaks on a range of social issues through his work. He’s touched on climate change, nuclear warfare, and more. His latest work shows children playing around the sculpture, unaware of the person it portrays.
Take a closer look at this vivid and stunning creation in the image up top, and follow James Colomina on Instagram to check out more of his outstanding work. In the meantime, keep it locked with The Culture Curators for more art and art news coming very soon.
Photos via James Colomina