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A new statue unveiled Thursday morning in London’s Trafalgar Square is getting quite a rousing reception.
Artist David Shrigley’s “Real Good” is a “seven-metre high hand giving a thumbs up,” according to the statue’s plaque. Cast in bronze, with a comically oversized thumb, it offers bleak, striking commentary on blind optimism, the very nature of public art, and post-Brexit Britain.
Here’s how Jonathan Jones masterfully described it in the Guardian:
“Like the giant thumbs of the hitchhiker in Tom Robbins’s novel Even Cowgirls Get the Blues or the enormous green thumb of the psychotic cockney Hitcher played by Noel Fielding in The Mighty Boosh, this thumb is seriously out of scale. It is also strangely thin, more like a finger flipped up by a pissed-off American than a jolly British symbol that everything is Really Good.”
Of course, most people can’t get over how much it resembles an erect penis stretching for the sky. To fuck it? Well, maybe.
I give it a thumb’s up. Way up.
Austin Powell is the former managing editor of the Daily Dot. His work focuses on the intersection of entertainment and technology. He previously served as a music columnist for the Austin Chronicle and is the co-author of The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology.