KARACHI: Pakistan woke up to the news of a sculpture of Allama Iqbal in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, Lahore. Since then, the news has been trending on Twitter but not for the reasons one might expect. Twitter thinks that the sculpture looks nothing like the poet and has been having a ball over the poor artwork.
Many have been wondering who the artist behind the sculpture is. While some have joked about the sculptor being an online student, others think the sculpture has been created by a kid.
The dissimilarity between a picture of Allama Iqbal and his sculpture in Lahore has some Twitteratis comparing it to a purchase made online where the parcel received looks nothing like the item that was shown online.
One user even pointed out the resemblance of the statue with Shafqat Mehmood, Pakistan’s Minister of Education.
Many Pakistanis assumed the sculptor to be an initiative by the Government of Pakistan and blamed the government for its incompetence and lack of investment towards arts.
While the name of the sculptor is yet to be announced, some believe that the project was an initiative by gardeners who did not use any Government funds. The sculptor may not be a masterpiece but is a symbol of honour and respect which the gardeners have for the National poet.