A sculpture of Vladimir Putin has appeared in a playground in New York’s Central Park

By Zoe Sottile, CNN

Russian President Vladimir Poutine showed up at a playground in New York’s Central Park on Monday night.

Well, not exactly – a bright red sculpture of Putin was erected there by French artist James Colomina.

Colomina took credit for the sculpture, which depicts Putin sitting atop a miniature war tank, in an Instagram post.

“This sculpture aims to denounce the absurdity of war and to highlight the courage of children in the face of violent and catastrophic situations triggered by others”, writes Colomina.

He posted several photos of children playfully interacting with the sculpture.

Colomina is known for its bright red street sculptures, often surreptitiously installed in public places without any prior warning. In April, he installs another sculpture with an anti-war message: a child soldier carrying a gun that turns into pinkplaced in France.

And last year he erected two sculptures in his signature red in Berlin as a commentary on the 32nd anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, according to the French gallery group Galeries Bartoux.

The installation of Colomina comes more than five months after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Russia inflicted devastating attacks on Ukraine “Unheard of since World War II,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday.

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