A sculpture of Vladimir Putin riding a miniature tank popped up in New York’s Central Park – and was quickly targeted by kids

  • A bright red sculpture of Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared in Central Park this week.
  • Kids quickly embraced the installation, covering it with sand and aiming their water guns at it.
  • The sculpture was placed by a French artist in protest of the war in Ukraine.

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

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

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

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