NYC kids target Putin statue at Central Park playground

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NYC kids target Putin statue at Central Park playground

Russian President Vladimir Putin is apparently making enemies everywhere.

A blood-red statue of the Russian strongman has drawn the ire of water-gun wielding kids in Central Park.

The statue is a creation of French artist James Colomina.

A blood-red statue of the Russian strongman has drawn the ire of water-gun wielding kids in Central Park.
A blood-red statue of the Russian strongman has drawn the ire of water-gun wielding kids in Central Park.
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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.
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.
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The statue was installed earlier this week in a Central Park playground.
The statue was installed earlier this week in a Central Park playground.
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“This sculpture aims at denouncing the absurdity of war and at highlighting children’s courage when faced with violent, catastrophic situations triggered by others,” Colomina wrote on Instagram when the statue was first unveiled in Paris.

The sculpture depicts the ex-KGB man sitting on a small Russian tank as though it’s a child’s toy.

Photos taken from the Central Park playground where the statue was installed earlier this week show two small girls holding the leader at squirt-gunpoint, and a trio of kids dumping sand on him.

A child places a finger in the ear of a statue of Russian President Vladimir Putin riding a tank.
A child places a finger in the ear of a statue of Russian President Vladimir Putin riding a tank.
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Another shows a small finger inserted into the international bully’s ear.

Maryham Yaacoub, an onlooker, was pleased by the reaction.

“I think it’s a good way to express one’s opinion and show the world that there are a lot of people out there not happy about what’s happening,” she told Reuters.

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