October 27, 2021

A Mustachioed Medusa



A Mustachioed Medusa
Aw come on, he's not that scary Zoomstreetart on Instagram

It took less than a day for a glorious new sculpture with the likeness of Alexander Lukashenko, the President of Belarus, to be demolished.

On October 22, artist Zoomstreetart placed his creation, titled “Evil is Near,” on the façade of a St. Petersburg building. The work adheres to a Medusa theme down to a mustache of snakes adorning the gorgon’s vampiric grimace. The artist spared no detail, making sure to emphasize the tired leader’s hefty pair of under-eye bags.

However, as the administration of the Central District of the Northern Capital has confirmed, city workers demolished the bas-relief the same night it was placed.

In an interview with Russian online news outlet Gazeta.ru, Zoomstreetart said he thought things might end this way. “That they would remove it was expected, but that they blew it up so quickly was a little surprising. Well fine, the charm of street art is in its transience. I don’t plan new Lukashenko work, at least not in the near future. I had an idea, actualized it, and it resounded. Period.”

Fans of the artwork, we hope you won’t be too disappointed that this may even be Lukashenko-Gorgon’s last-ever iteration. Zoomstreetart has also declared he will not be devoting his career to a "petty dictator."

 

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