A statue is supposed to be forever, and we're all lucky that Michelangelo's David has survived for over five centuries. But a recently unveiled statue in the Kazazh city of Ust-Kamenogorsk lasted just one day before authorities yanked it off of the public corner where it was installed.
The statue featured two people, Kazakh philosopher/composer Abay Kunanbayev and Russian scientist/political activist Yevgeny Mikhaelis. Unfortunately, the sculptors of the memorial were reportedly not given adequate time to develop their masterpiece; as a result, the poorly-proportioned men resemble fantasy creatures more than human beings. Even worse, Mikhaelis is depicted as holding some sort of rectangular object in his outstretched hand. The result, irritated locals reported, resembles two Hobbits taking a selfie.
"We were in a huge rush," co-sculptor Vladimir Samoylov said, "and look what happened."
Authorities say the statue will be re-worked and re-installed.
Meanwhile in Germany, there stands a statue of a giant vagina outside of Tuebingen University's Institute for Microbiology and Virology. Sculpted in 2001 by Peruvian artist Fernando de la Jara, the $200,000 artwork received some unwanted attention from an American exchange student. (While this actually happened last week, it's this week that social media is going nuts with it.)
The unidentified man climbed inside—and promptly became stuck. Firefighters responded (some 22, reports say) and had to pull him out of the statue.
As photos of the idiotic student's plight circulated, headlines and Facebook captions flew fast and furious: "It's a Boy!" "No Trespassing, Pubic Property" and "Statutory Rape" being some of the more memorable ones.
Thankfully the statue was not damaged, and with any luck the student will be deported.