The augmented reality game, Pokemon Go is quite literally taking over the world and is making people do all sorts of stupid things like, rushing to find a rare Pokemon at the central park, in New York wile causing chaos, and two Canadian teens getting arrested for crossing the US border while trying to find Pokemon etc.
On Thursday, 4th August, the Pokemon madness was taken to a whole new level when residents in the Lower Garden District of New Orleans woke up to find a massive fiberglass statue of Pikachu in their locality, placed on top of an old unused fountain. Pikachu is one of the most well-known Pokemon from the famous TV series and is also present in the game. The Fiberglass state which was made to look like aged bronze seems to have appeared out of nowhere and surprisingly has not bothered residents, as it is drawing crowds to the area and has become a local attraction. It has begun to be dubbed as a ‘Pokemonument’ and people are posting selfies of themselves with the statue on various social networks such as Instagram and Facebook.
The fate of the statue though, lies in the hands of the city officials as it is considered vandalism even though it is not causing harm to anyone or anything. No Artist or Sculptor has come forward to claim it to be his or her creation which has sparked rumours of it being the work of Banksy.
Banksy is an English graffiti artist, political activist and film director of unverified identity. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti, executed in a distinctive stencilling technique. His works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls and bridges of cities throughout the world. There has also been speculation that Banksy is a woman or that Banksy is a team of seven artists, but no one actually knows who or what Banksy is.
The Pikachu Statue had also attracted some unwanted attention, as some vandals tried to deface the statue and graffiti was found on the statue, with the phrase “Pika F*** You” written on the Pokemon’s body in spray paint. Help was at hand as some local residents are working on getting the statue back to its original condition.
In other news, from a different part of the world, Pokemon Go has helped in saving a life. Anthony Pointon while playing the augmented reality game, was out hunting Pokemon at the Danes Moss nature reserve in Cheshire when a dog drew his attention and led him to a bog where a woman who had fallen into the swamp was stuck. Anthony then called for an air ambulance and guided them to lift the woman out. If Pokemon go had not led Anthony into the nature reserve that day, nobody wold have wandered there and the life of the woman might have been lost.
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