Sculptures have always been a part of preserving culture. Although Pakistan is enriched with archeological sculptures due to the rich heritage, we seldom find modern sculptures taking space in the modern architecture around the country.
Allama Iqbal, the poet of the East, will always remain a national hero for Pakistanis. All of us have been brought up reading and listening about his life and his poetry. How he dreamed of Pakistan as a separate nation, has always been a part of our curricula.
Recently, a sculpture of Iqbal caught attention of the Pakistani social media users, and apparently for all the wrong reasons. The statue was inaugurated in Lahore’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal park, and making rounds on the social media.
The picture that went viral shows a somewhat bad artistic sense of the sculpture. The carving material seems to be unsuitable for the purpose, and Iqbal’s face and form is badly handled by the artist.
Public could not hold their horses to troll the statue. The feedback was immensely negative, and on the factual grounds, rightly so.