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Bigfoot at the Big Stadium Lille Metropole (#1)
France

A seated statue entitled "Bigfoot, the walking for the conscience" was installed next to the Grand Stade Lille Metropole Friday, May 24, 2013 morning.

This work, signed Idan Zareski, will be visible for six months.
Bigfoot, the sculpture of Idan Zareski, is a great traveler. Its mission is to be presented worldwide.
Already exhibited in Latin America where he was born, as well as North America, it is now in Europe and will soon route to Asia before ending his journey in Antarctica.
With its african roots crossbred of a Latin American genealogy, Bigfoot is not a denunciation of racism as it might seem at first, but a "peaceful appeal to hope, a call for the unification of the human race . His huge feet are the roots of our past, as an anchor that ties us to this land. His relaxed attitude and appearance of contemplation that comes from Bigfoot is actually a testimony : no matter our race, our color, our membership, or our origins, we are all rooted in this unique home. This peaceful African with big feet is a passive spectator, observer of the uselessness of human conflict recurring."
Born in 1968 in Haifa, Israel, Idan Zareski is of French nationality. This autodidact now lives in Costa Rica.
His works have already been exhibited in his native Colombia, Italy, France and the United States.

The shot was taken in june 2013, at midday. Panorama made in HDR version (enfuse).

Source : http://www.lavoixdunord.fr/region/un-pacifique-aux-grands-pieds-face-au-grand-stade-ia28b50417n1277664 (translated with help of Google Traduction)
Reference : http://www.grandstade-lillemetropole.com/page/bigfoot
Web site of Idan Zareski : http://www.idanzareski.com/portfolio/bigfoot/

The Grand Stade Lille Metropole is now called the Stade Pierre Mauroy.

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Tags: bigfoot; statue; idan zareski; stadium; football; lille; grand stade; métropole; losc; eiffage; villeneuve d'ascq; france; hdr; enfuse; pierre mauroy; sculpture
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