It’s called African Renaissance, it towers over the Senegalese capital of Dakar, taller than the Statue of Liberty.
When it’s officially dedicated at a ceremony in the next few weeks, the country’s President wants it to symbolise the new aspirations of the younger generation.
But the statue has cost the country 27 million dollars. And President Abdoulaye Wade is claiming 35% of the future tourism revenue from the monument for himself, as the designer.
There’s a row in Senegal over whether it’s worth the money – especially because the nation hasn’t got a lot to spare.
Other countries have had their rows about plans for grand public art recently – like the Mayor of London’s so-called Piffle Tower or statues in Uttar Pradesh in India being built by Chief Minister Mayawati.
But what would Paris be without its Tower or New York without its Statue? Some controversial recent artworks have ended up being popular – just look at the UK’s Angel Of The North (pictured left).
Why the reluctance now to build big works of art? Maybe you think building more of them would be inspiring and enriching? Or is it wrong to spend money on monuments, when there are more pressing issues in the world?