A sculpture of Vladimir Putin appears in a playground in New York. What is its purpose?
Vladimir Putin appeared on a playground in New York's Central Park.
Not physically, in fact a red sculpture of the Russian President was erected there by French artist James Colomina.
Colomina took credit for the sculpture, which depicts Putin sitting atop a miniature battle tank.
"This sculpture aims to denounce the absurdity of war and highlight the courage of children when faced with violent, catastrophic situations caused by others," Colomina wrote.
Colomina is known for his bright red street sculptures, often surreptitiously installed in public places without any prior warning. In April, he installed another sculpture with an anti-war message: a child soldier holding a rifle that turns into a rose, located in France.
Colomina's installation comes more than five months after the Russian occupation of Ukraine.