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Locals hooting mad over phallic owl statue

Serbia, Kikinda
November 17, 2018 at 18:16 GMT +00:00 · Published

Residents of Kikinda were critical of the appearance of a recently unveiled owl statue, which was supposed to be a symbol of the city renowned for being the largest urban winter house for owls in the world, footage from Saturday shows.

The new statue, which was set up by Kikinda authorities in a bid to lure tourists, came under severe criticism on social media, with some critics going as far as comparing it to a penis.

"I think he should have done something that would represent the city in the best possible light, and not cause ridicule from all sides, and Kikinda becoming popular on social media because of the owl which looks like everything else but like an owl," said local resident Miodrag Jankov.

"I am an artist myself, and I do not like the kind of contemporary art where under the veil of freedom, something is propagated which in my opinion, does not look like anything," he added.

His words were echoed by another local resident, Tatjana Kovalik, who said "this sculpture should've remained in some enclosed space - if the artist saw it the way he did - where there's people who understand what the artist wanted to say."

Local master sculptor Jovan Blato was the artist behind the 2.8 metre (9.1 feet) statue, who reportedly promised to make a new, "real owl" version of the statue.

Kikinda is the largest urban wintering place for owls in the world and the only settlement that has a nature reserve in the centre of the city. In 2017, at least 238 owls were counted in the wider city area

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Residents of Kikinda were critical of the appearance of a recently unveiled owl statue, which was supposed to be a symbol of the city renowned for being the largest urban winter house for owls in the world, footage from Saturday shows.

The new statue, which was set up by Kikinda authorities in a bid to lure tourists, came under severe criticism on social media, with some critics going as far as comparing it to a penis.

"I think he should have done something that would represent the city in the best possible light, and not cause ridicule from all sides, and Kikinda becoming popular on social media because of the owl which looks like everything else but like an owl," said local resident Miodrag Jankov.

"I am an artist myself, and I do not like the kind of contemporary art where under the veil of freedom, something is propagated which in my opinion, does not look like anything," he added.

His words were echoed by another local resident, Tatjana Kovalik, who said "this sculpture should've remained in some enclosed space - if the artist saw it the way he did - where there's people who understand what the artist wanted to say."

Local master sculptor Jovan Blato was the artist behind the 2.8 metre (9.1 feet) statue, who reportedly promised to make a new, "real owl" version of the statue.

Kikinda is the largest urban wintering place for owls in the world and the only settlement that has a nature reserve in the centre of the city. In 2017, at least 238 owls were counted in the wider city area

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