A colossal carp-in-progress has captured the attentions and imaginations of netizens across the Chinese internet. Could it soon become one of Henan province’s next great cultural treasures?
Located in the provincial capital of Zhengzhou, the sculpture is named “Nian Nian You Yu” (年年有余), in the hopes that the giant fish will lead to prosperity for the city for years to come, NetEase reports.
Any fisherman’s wet dream, the carp stands 22 meters tall and 7 meters wide, weighing a whopping 22 tons. In its mouth it holds a 2-ton scepter (如意), which symbolizes power and good fortune.
Its creator, Huang Guorui, spent half a year carefully crafting the artistic marvel. He revealed that a pond and fountain would soon be built around the extraordinary structure. It is rumored that the city government splashed out 800,000 yuan on the carp, hoping it would somehow provide a boost to the economy, Sina reports. (You know what else could boost the economy? 800,000 yuan!)
However, netizens aren’t terribly impressed by the colossal
crap carp, questioning its size and purpose.
“Does the government know how many people are going hungry? They should just use that substantial amount of money to feed those people, instead of building some useless sculpture,” one wrote.
“If China has ample resources to build a meaningless sculpture, they ought to also focus on improving our quality of life,” another agreed.
“What’s the purpose of this sculpture. It’s really ugly and I don’t think it can become Henan’s landmark, let alone attract tourists and locals,” one web user commented.
Of course, China is renowned for its gigantic sculptures. Last month, a giant sculpture of the ancient Chinese general Guan Yu was completed in Hubei that was slightly more impressive than this fish:
Of course, no oversized statue can compare to the world’s largest statue of a crayfish, also located in Hubei:
Better watch out carp and crayfish, Giant Guan Yu looks hungry.
By Katie Ngai
[Images via NetEase / Sina]