Statue with massive 'knee' to be erected in Cyprus

Plans have been unveiled to honour ordinary people with a huge statue in Cyprus but some have been quick to point out that, from a certain angle, it looks like it’s got a body part that’s far from normal.

‘The Noble Peasant’ has been dubbed an ‘icon for Cyprus’ and would sit overlooking the Kyrenia harbour, on the northern coast of the island.

Far from standing to attention, the statue is actually kneeling (yes, that’s its knee).

It depicts a moustachioed peasant wearing traditional Cypriot headwear and is being imagined as a unifying monument for the divided nation.

Organisers hope that all Cypriots will be able to identify with the image as they are all the ‘children of the soil’.

The project’s website states: ‘In a country that has witnessed divisions and conflict in its past, a unifying factor was that almost all Cypriots were, only a few generations ago, sons and daughters of the soil – farmers, animal husbanders, peasants.’

At 40m it would be higher than Rio’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue and the body of the Statue of Liberty in New York.

But it’s the size of the statue’s ‘knee’ which has been arousing the most attention.

Journalist Tim White tweeted to say he had been assured it was ‘not a joke’.

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‘It’s called “Noble Peasant” but I could think of other words. That’s his KNEE!’, he added.

Good Morning Britain host Adil Ray chipped in with the comment: ‘Cyprus plans to erect statue.’

Another person tweeted: ‘Is that your knee or are you just pleased to see me?’

The GMB team were in tears of laughter this morning as they discussed the statue designs.

‘That is the statue’s knee that you can see there’, Adil Ray clarified before Susanna Reid quipped: ‘I don’t think it was the height of the statue that we were all focussed on.’

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