In mid-August, a 50-foot tall sculpture of a flying Aspara was constructed in Urumqi, the capital of the Western Province of Xinjiang in China. The sculpture’s lower half was made of living plants on a steel frame. While it was still standing, that is.


Comments on the internet derided the statue, which was built in front of a major road, for clashing with its surroundings. It was also noted that the Aspara is a prominent Buddhist icon, while Xinjiang is a traditionally Muslim area. Officials apparently took the criticism to heart, because after only 11 days, the statute was torn down.

No official reason was given for the demolition. Whoops.

-Orion Martin