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Melania Trump Statue Was Torched on July 4

It was erected in her hometown a year ago

(Newser) - A chainsaw-carved statue of Melania Trump in her hometown in Slovenia went up in flames on Independence Day. American artist Brad Downey, who commissioned local folk artist Alex Zupevc to carve the statue from a tree trunk, says he had the blackened remains removed after the fire and has filed...

City Named for Andrew Jackson Will Remove His Statue

Jackson, Miss., mayor says former president was 'brutal owner of enslaved people'

(Newser) - Jackson, Miss., has voted to remove a statue of namesake Andrew Jackson from City Hall. City council approved the relocation of the former slave-owning president's statue in a 5-1 vote on Tuesday, reports the Washington Post . "While removing a statue does little to change our condition as oppressed...

Overnight Crew Begins Sawing Statue of a Former VP

Charleston's statue of John C. Calhoun will be relocated

(Newser) - A former vice president is about to fall. Early Wednesday, a crew began removing a statue of John C. Calhoun, a defender of slavery who served as the seventh US vice president from 1825 to 1832, from its pedestal in Charleston, SC, following a Tuesday city council vote. The council...

After a Night of Upheaval, Enter the Wisconsin National Guard

Move follows fire, vandalism, violence in Madison

(Newser) - Gov. Tony Evers says he's preparing to activate the Wisconsin National Guard after a night of unrest in Madison that included an assault on a state senator. It was apparently triggered by the arrest of a protest organizer. A video shows Devonere Johnson, a black man who also goes...

Thomas Jefferson Goes Down in Latest Statue Removal

It happened in Portland, Ore., as a peaceful march took place nearby

(Newser) - Statues around the country of Confederate leaders and Christopher Columbus are meeting their demise, and now a stone tribute to the third president of the United States has found a similar fate in front of a high school in Portland, Ore. Per the Oregonian , the statue of Thomas Jefferson in...

This Time, Statue Topplers Take Down the 'President'

Protesters tear down statue of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy

(Newser) - A statue of Jefferson Davis was torn down along the famed Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va., on Wednesday night. The statue of the president of the Confederacy was toppled shortly before 11pm and was left lying on the ground in the middle of an intersection, news outlets reported. Richmond police...

Goodbye to Controversial Philly Statue

Statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo, accused of discriminating against minorities, taken down

(Newser) - Workers removed the statue early Wednesday of controversial former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo, which was recently defaced during a protest following George Floyd's death. As National Guard troops deployed in the wake of recent protests watched, a crane lifted the 10-foot-tall bronze statue, and workers shook it from its...

Angry Fans Topple Soccer Star's Statue

Fans of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's boyhood club in Sweden aren't happy with him

(Newser) - A soccer player with AC Milan isn't so popular anymore with fans of the club he originally played for, and they've taken it out once more on the sculpture erected for him. The BBC reports a nearly 12-foot-tall bronze statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Malmo, Sweden, was toppled...

Egypt's Outrage Couldn't Stop This $6M Sale

Christie's holds auction of 3,000-year-old King Tut bust despite Egypt's claims it was stolen

(Newser) - "Egyptian history is not for sale" is what signs carried by protesters read outside of Christie's in London. But apparently it was, as a controversial auction of a King Tut bust was carried out Thursday, fetching nearly $6 million, Reuters reports. At issue regarding the 3,000-year-old, 11-inch-high...

She Bought It for $100. Sotheby's Just Auctioned It Off

Unnamed buyer sees Buddha statue go for $2.1M

(Newser) - That garage sale in your neighborhood? Another reason to check it out: A Chinese statuette bought for $100 at just such a sale sold Wednesday at Sotheby's for an incredible $2.1 million, MarketWatch reports. The unnamed buyer appeared on the PBS show Antiques Roadshow in 2017 and said...

Talking Gargoyle Lights Up Denver Airport

Conspiracy-pushing statue entertaining passengers who walk by

(Newser) - “Did you have to buy an extra seat for your hat, sir?” Visitors to Denver International Airport, including the man in a cowboy hat who was asked that question, are being surprised by a seriously chatty gargoyle. The talking statue has been installed in the center of the airport...

Angry Dad Changes 'Fearless Girl' Statue

Manuel Oliver's son died in the Parkland shootings

(Newser) - A New York City statue went from "fearless" to "fearful" Friday—at least for an hour. Manuel Oliver, the father of Parkland shooting victim Joaquin "Guac" Oliver, 17, placed a bulletproof vest on the renowned "Fearless Girl" statue near Wall Street to protest America's mass...

World&#39;s Tallest Statue Unveiled
World's Tallest Statue Unveiled

World's Tallest Statue Unveiled

India monument is twice as tall as Statue of Liberty

(Newser) - India's prime minister on Wednesday unveiled a towering bronze statue of Sardar Vallabbhai Patel, a key independence leader and the country's first home minister after British colonialists left in 1947. At 597 feet, the statue, built at a cost of $430 million, is the tallest in the world,...

Osaka Mayor to San Francisco: We're Done

Japanese city outraged at statue depicting 'comfort women' during WWII

(Newser) - San Francisco has nearly 20 "sister cities" worldwide, fostering goodwill through cultural, educational, and economic exchanges. Osaka was its first, but after more than 60 years—and months of the Japanese city threatening to cut ties —it looks like the split is happening. "I have arrived at...

Easter Island Natives Want British Museum's 'Stolen' Statue

Rapa Nui say the Hoa Hakananai'a Moai piece was stolen 150 years ago

(Newser) - It's been called one of the British Museum's must-see marvels. But Hoa Hakananai'a won't remain there, if Easter Island's indigenous people get their way. The 7-foot-tall Moai statue housed in London since it was taken 150 years ago from what's now a Chilean territory...

Cheeky Artwork: Marilyn Statue Gets Mixed Reviews

The sculpture's larger-than-life caboose faces a nearby church

(Newser) - Marilyn Monroe's rear is getting some leers in Connecticut. A 26-foot statue of the actor has been placed in a Stamford park across the street from a church, which is getting a full view of her behind, reports the AP . It depicts the famous scene from 1955's The ...

Man Arrested for Smearing Ketchup on 'Father of Gynecology'

He performed skit at controversial Alabama monument

(Newser) - The "father of modern gynecology" is a man some people would now prefer to forget—but police in Alabama still won't let you smear ketchup on his statue. A 74-year-old activist was arrested on Confederate Memorial Day—that's April 23—for "criminal tampering" after leaving the...

Virgin Mary Statue Vanished 2 Years Ago. Now, This

It's found in an apartment house storage area

(Newser) - A missing statue of the Virgin Mary stolen from a Vermont nativity scene more than two years ago has been found unharmed and returned to its owner, the AP reports. The statue was stolen from Lyndonville in January 2016 and it was recently discovered in an apartment house storage area...

City Removes 'Racist' Statue of 'Oh! Susanna' Songwriter

It featured a slave at Stephen Foster's feet

(Newser) - A 118-year-old statue of "Oh! Susanna" songwriter Stephen Foster was removed from a Pittsburgh park Thursday after criticism that the work is demeaning because it includes a slave sitting at his feet, plucking a banjo. In October, the Pittsburgh Art Commission voted to take the sculpture out of Schenley...

Father of Gynecology's Statue Comes Down

J. Marion Sims experimented on slaves, and his likeness will no longer be in Central Park

(Newser) - Another controversial 19th-century statue has been taken down in a big city, but this time the controversy doesn't involve the Confederacy. Instead, the statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims— regarded as the father of modern gynecology—came down in New York's Central Park because much of his breakthrough...

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