7.5m 'African' Statue Unveiled in New York Sparks Debate, Video Goes Viral

7.5m 'African' Statue Unveiled in New York Sparks Debate, Video Goes Viral

- A video has emerged of the moment a 7.5-metre statue was unveiled in New York

- The statue, which was erected in honour of the African culture, has generated mixed reactions on social media

- Many people faulted the motive behind its creation, others expressed different opinions about the look of the sculpture

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A huge statue which was recently unveiled in New York City, United States, is making waves.

The black-coloured 7.5m-tall carving situated in Rockefeller Center, according to Breaking911, was sculpted in honour of the African culture.

New 25-Foot-Tall 'African Statue' Unveiled in New York Sparks Debate on Social Media, Video Goes Viral
25-foot-tall statue in New York unveiled in style Photo Credit: @Breaking911
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A video capturing the moment of its unveiling has already garnered over 975k views as of the time of making this report.

It is said to have been designed by an African American artist, Sanford Biggers. Tweeps bickered over why it should be tagged "in honour of African culture". The statue takes the form of a big-headed personality seated on a throne with a golden torch in one hand.

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See some comments on the post below:

@bryt_alozy said:

"African culture, really? Africa is a continent with 54 countries, >2 000 languages, > 3 000 ethnic groups spread across diverse, dynamic cultures. Ever wondered why South Africa alone is called the 'Rainbow Nation'? Africa and its people is not a monolith. Whoever advised this?"

@DanTheNorman1 wrote:

"Okay. Um. I am cool with a statue honouring African culture. But, can some one explain why THIS is the statue design? May be I am missing something because I am Indo-European. But?"

@GladdenHolden commented:

"A black man made the statue dude. It's like a hybrid of modern style and traditional African. Not to my taste, but I don't think this one is what you say it is."

@Superjezus1 reacted:

"So the artist made a giant bubblehead of himself and called it art."

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Meanwhile, Briefly News previously reported that Brazil is building another statue of Christ that is bigger than the one in Rio De Janeiro.

The monolithic construction has been in progress since 2019 and is scheduled to be completed later this year.

The statue will be named Christ the Protector and once it is completed, it will be one of the tallest statues of Christ on the planet, towering a massive 43 metres tall according to eNCA.

The statue of Christ the Redeemer is 30 metres tall and was completed in 1931 and has become synonymous with the country of Brazil.

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