'The Noble Peasant? More like The Knoble Peasant.' That's essentially what the response has been to plans for a new 40m statue in Cyprus.
The huge statue - which will be taller than Christ the Redeemer in Brazil - will be erected atop a mountain overlooking the town of Kyrenia and the Mediterranean coastline, on the north coast of the island.
However, while the monument is intended to celebrate the 'inner nobility of ordinary folk', it is the outer knobility of this extraordinary folk which has been raising eyebrows:
Honestly, I'm assured this is NOT a joke.- Tim White (@TWMCLtd) May 4, 2021
This is the design for a massive statue planned to overlook Kyrenia harbour in North Cyprus.
It's planned to be 40m, which is bigger than Christ The Redeemer
It's called "Noble Peasant", but I could think of other words. That's his KNEE! pic.twitter.com/DGHHvFHsvq
Oh God, at first I was excited about the 40m "peasant" statue planned to be built in Cyprus... but then we all saw it... pic.twitter.com/KWCsUUv3v1- Cyprus Trekkie (@Cyprustrekkie) May 5, 2021
The apparent monumental erection on this monumental erection is in fact a knee. One massive protruding knee, with a bit of sagging clothing around the kneecap creating a sort of bell-like shape, OK?
The plan looks suitably noble and unambiguous from just about every other angle, but they may want to adjust the dimensions a little bit so it doesn't look quite so eye-catching from one particular viewpoint.
The Noble Peasant was the idea of Erbil Arkin, founder of Arkin University of Creative Arts and Design (ARUCAD), who was inspired to create a symbol for Cypriots after visiting Christ the Redeemer.
The website for The Noble Peasant reads: "In a country that has witnessed divisions and conflict in its past, a unifying factor was that almost all Cypriots were, only a few generations ago, sons and daughters of the soil - farmers, animal husbanders, peasants.
"The Noble Peasant, 40 metres in height and standing sentinel over the coastline, has the potential to bring world renown to North Cyprus as a symbol of pride in the capabilities and resourcefulness of its people.
"As a work of engineering and artistic excellence, it will long outlast our lifetimes and will be a gift to future generations."
So he's incredibly well endowed and he's got serious endurance. Some catch this Noble Peasant fella.
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