In a country full of great artists, we’re spoilt for choice and are used to seeing nothing but the best when it comes to sculptures!
As a tribute to the iconic poet Allama Iqbal, a sculpture was erected in Lahore’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal area which can be seen below:
Iqabl's sculpture in Gulshan-e-iqbal Lahore, there is nothing wrong about the sculpture except the part that it doesn't really look like Iqbal pic.twitter.com/zuNyrvXrmB
— Laila (@Laila_Taariq) February 1, 2021
The only problem: it looks nothing like the national poet and people are furious!
This is further proof for my belief that the worst thing to happen to Iqbal was Pakistan https://t.co/PrxsoXWFh1
— Akbar (@khatmal23) February 1, 2021
People wanted to know who made it:
— India Muslim History (@syedurahman) February 2, 2021
People were sharing their thoughts:
#AllamaIqbal ’s statue doesn’t surprise me at all … it’s in line with how we have deformed the country, it’s polity, it’s culture and ideology of its creation.
— Asif Khan Shinwari (@asifshinwari) February 2, 2021
People wanted to government to look into it:
In a land of artists, this is a travesty.
If this is a recent picture, it is sad. @MashwaniAzhar and those concerned with Punjab Govt., kindly look into this and see how it can be improved.
•A nation’s leaders must be shown respect in every way.#AllamaIqbal https://t.co/jSPsCiSdBh
— Faeza Dawood (@FaezaDawood) February 2, 2021
People were calling it a joke:
Just saw these pictures saying "They have just unveiled a new statue of Allama Iqbal in Gulshan Park Lahore"Can anyone confirm if this is true…if yes, this is unacceptable 😡 is this a joke, who approved it?
— TAAKVIEM (Ash-Shazli) (@TAAKVIEM) February 2, 2021
People were focused on different details:
We're all focusing too much on the face but something deeply disturbing about that hand coming out of the bust https://t.co/5BWuswSOh2
— Umair Ibrahim (@umairibrahimk) February 2, 2021
People wanted it to be removed asap!
Very poorly designed sculpture. It should be removed immediately.
— Khurram Nawaz Gandapur (@GandapurPAT) February 1, 2021
Some found it resembling uncle Sargam more than Iqbal:
It looks like uncle sargam pic.twitter.com/it7DryyuIY
— Awais Bhutto (@OwaizBhutto) February 1, 2021
Isn’t that uncle sargam??? https://t.co/jwnA1d8nwk
— rameeza (@Rameezay) February 2, 2021
People were disappointed:
Imagine being a historical philosopher and poet and ppl memorialise u with a statue jis mein tum pen chuba rahey ho https://t.co/KuO0XQz1Vk
— mav ♥ (@404mav) February 2, 2021
People were calling it ‘artistic revenge’
Hehehehe this is called Artistic Revenge 🤣 I like it though https://t.co/izv0x4I5Eq
— 👩🎓qurat (@Qurat_tal64) February 1, 2021
People were sharing how this was a common man’s love, not to be compared with artists:
This sculpture isn't made by any artist but by gardeners and staff of park as a homage to Allama Iqbal ❤️ so it's cute, i think that a common man is trying to connect with their history❤️❤️❤️😍😍😍https://t.co/5123L7TucV
— Rainbow (@pavlovscat8) February 1, 2021
I know it’s a very poorly made statue but it was just a gesture from the GARDENERS. They’re not professionals at sculpturing. People under this tweet need to be a little more kind. https://t.co/AT4x65Qjvw
— R (@_rameme) February 1, 2021
People couldn’t believe it was real:
OH. MY. GOD. 🤦♀️ https://t.co/Qu9WfT99nL
— Yusra Askari (@YusraSAskari) February 1, 2021
thank god our gulshan has no iqbal https://t.co/1XOEzDCV0W
— tarbooza kharbooz (@nakaamrade) February 1, 2021
People wanted others to be kind:
Looks like our woke lot is going to have those poor gardeners fired for making #Allamaiqbal 's bust
In truth it is not such a big scandal and for the people who don't let an opportunity go w/o taking their hate for Iqbal out to act as his admirers today, that's the true scandal
— Duh 🙄 (@__Felka) February 2, 2021
People had their own interpretations of art, it is subjective after all!
— perneeya (@dykeistan) February 1, 2021
And while some were furious, others turned it into a meme fest!
When you lie on your resume but still get the job https://t.co/Abb9Lb2LX9
— اسریٰ (@freakonomist5) February 2, 2021
When you have a “shikwa” with god and s/he gets backs at you. https://t.co/IcYokgzWLP
— Sanval Nasim (@SanvalNasim) February 1, 2021
Posture is important:
*complains about back pain*
also my posture: https://t.co/dQdSQGO1oL
— Naveer Bin Razi (@NaveerBinRazi) February 1, 2021
— mohom (@annoyyyinlady) February 1, 2021
— World's Spiciest Ramen (@dezgostang) February 1, 2021
People had comparisons ready!
— Ishaan Nandkishore Awasthi (@chittakukkarr) February 1, 2021
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— Rohail Ramzan Ali (@RohailRamzanAli) February 2, 2021
— Dr. Reza (@hasnainraza11) February 1, 2021
What do you think about the sculpture and do you think it should be removed? Let us know in the comments below!