IRAQI ‘SOLEFUL ART’

Soleful tribute: Bush shoe-throwing now a work of art
Statue honours Iraqi journalist who hurled footwear at former US president

James Sturcke, Guardian

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The bronze shoe monument. Photograph: Mahmud Saleh/AFP/Getty Images

A statue of a giant shoe has been unveiled in Saddam Hussein’s hometown in honour of the Iraqi journalist who threw his footwear at the former US president George Bush.

The statue also features a poem honouring Muntazer al-Zaidi, the Iraqi journalist who shot to international fame last month when he hurled his shoes at Bush during a farewell press conference.

The shoes narrowly missed the then president and Zaidi was quickly bundled to the ground by security staff.

The public artwork went on display in Tikrit, 90 miles north-west of Baghdad.

The Baghdad-based artist, Laith al-Amari, said his fibreglass-and-copper work was a homage to the pride of the Iraqi people.

Zaidi, who has since been dubbed by some as the Baghdad Clogger, was charged with assaulting a foreign leader and is in detention awaiting trial.

2 Comments

  1. al said,

    January 30, 2009 at 17:13

    The u.s. is the continuing Roman Empire.

    Al Zaidi attacked Caesar George, the god incarnate!

    He’s in jail awaiting trial. What did expect? The guy is lucky to be alive, STILL.

    Caligula would have had him crucified.

  2. Abbey said,

    February 1, 2009 at 12:34

    The Iraqi govt has removed the shoe…

    go figure…

    christ I would of given the guy a gum boot to hurl… or maybe more fitting a steele capped army boot…

    I do hope the guy is ok, he’d get a slap on the wrist and a beer from the public here.


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