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

Published 6th August 2022
Children play by a statue of Russian President Vladimir Putin riding a tank created by French artist James Colomina in Central Park in New York City, on August 2, 2022.
Credit: Andrew Kelly/Reuters
A sculpture of Vladimir Putin has appeared in a playground in New York City's Central Park
Written by Zoe Sottile, CNN
Russian President Vladimir Putin showed up in a playground in New York City's Central Park on Monday night.
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 at denouncing the absurdity of war and at highlighting children's courage when faced with violent, catastrophic situations triggered by others," wrote Colomina.
Children cover a statue of Russian President Vladimir Putin with sand  in Central Park.
Children cover a statue of Russian President Vladimir Putin with sand in Central Park. Credit: Andrew Kelly/Reuters
He posted several photos of children playfully interacting with the sculpture.
Colomina is known for his bright red street sculptures, often surreptitiously installed in public locations without any prior warning. In April, he set up another sculpture with an anti-war message: a child soldier carrying a rifle that turns into a rose, placed in France.
Children play nearby artist James Colomina's sculpture of Vladimir Putin in Central Park.
Children play nearby artist James Colomina's sculpture of Vladimir Putin in Central Park. Credit: Andrew Kelly/Reuters
And last year he erected two sculptures in his signature red in Berlin as commentary on the 32nd anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, according to French-owned gallery group Galeries Bartoux.
Colomina's installation comes more the five months into the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Russia has inflicted devastating attacks on Ukraine "not seen since World War II," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday.