. Colossal calamari sculpture causes kerfuffle in Japan « JO LEE MAGAZINE

The Art News Paper – The coastal Japanese town of Noto in the Ishikawa Prefecture is being criticised for spending 30 million yen—roughly $274,000—of the $7.3m in Covid-19 stimulus relief money it was awarded by the central government to build a statue of a giant squid. Local officials have said that the monumental cephalopod, which is nearly 30 feet long and 13 feet tall, is part of a long-term strategy to boost tourism to the area. But according to the newspaper Chunichi Shimbun, a group of concerned citizens had filed a petition that garnered almost 2,000 signatures against project, saying there were better uses for the funds, “such as support for medical staff”.

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