A sculpture of Vladimir Putin riding a miniature tank appeared in New York’s Central Park and was soon targeted by children

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  • A bright red sculpture of Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared in Central Park this week.
  • The kids quickly embraced the setup, covering it with sand and aiming their water guns at it.

Russian President Vladimir Putin was spotted riding a tiny tank in New York’s Central Park this week and was quickly swarmed by children – or at least a statue of him was.

The Putin sculpture was created by French artist James Colomina and placed in a playground inside Manhattan Park, according to the artist. instagram.

A child pours sand on a statue of Russian President Vladimir Putin riding a chariot created by French artist James Colomina in Central Park in Manhattan, New York, U.S., August 2, 2022.Andrew Kelly/Reuters

The bright red sculpture shows the Russian leader sitting atop a miniature military tank in an almost childlike squat.

“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”, Colomina wrote accompanied by photos of his work.

A sculpture of Vladimir Putin riding a miniature tank appeared in New York's Central Park and was soon targeted by children
A child points a water gun at 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.Andrew Kelly/Reuters

The artist is known for his bright red sculptures that often appear out of the blue in public places. Additional Pictures show identical sculptures of Putin in Paris and Spain.

Photos of the sculpture in New York showed children quickly hugging their new playmate by covering him in sand and pointing their water guns at him.

A sculpture of Vladimir Putin riding a miniature tank appeared in New York's Central Park and was soon targeted by children
Children put sand on a statue of Russian President Vladimir Putin riding a chariot created by French artist James Colomina in Central Park in Manhattan, New York, U.S., August 2, 2022.Andrew Kelly/Reuters

The Manhattan facility comes nearly six months after Russia launched an unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and fighting continues, particularly in the east of the country.

It’s unclear whether the carvings came to the attention of Putin, who goes to great lengths to create a public perception of himself as strong and manly: The Russian leader famous photo shoots introduced him shirtless on horseback and posing majestically outdoors.

A sculpture of Vladimir Putin riding a miniature tank appeared in New York's Central Park and was soon targeted by children
A child points a water gun at a statue of Russian President Vladimir Putin riding a float by French artist James Colomina at a playground in Central Park in Manhattan, New York, U.S., August 2, 2022.Andrew Kelly/Reuters

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