Allama Iqbal Statue At Lahore Park Was Made By Gardeners On Their Own
Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) Chairman Yasir Gillani has revealed that the Allama Iqbal statue that was display at Lahore’s Gulshan Iqbal Park was made by gardeners working at the park who raised funds to pay tribute to the national poet.
When the photos first appeared on social media, people criticised the statue and said it did not look like Iqbal. The photos of the statue generated memes on social media as it was assumed that the statue was commissioned by the government.
Yasir Gillani in his tweet clarified that the statue wasn’t the result of a ‘corrupt and inefficient government’, as some users suggested, but was instead “prepared by maalis on their own”.
Dear, this is prepared by maalis at their own , they made it in shere love for Iqbal and to pay homage from their heart. Authority didn't approved or even paid a single penny for it.
WE WILL ADDRESS IT but can anyone see from maalis eye's, their love and their عقیدت, pic.twitter.com/qAdf0Nw4E9
— Yasir Gillani PTI (@yasir_gillani) February 2, 2021
After it emerged that gardeners were behind the statue, a hashtag #KeepTheStatue has begun trending on social media with people calling on the authorities not to take down the statue as it is a labour of love.
If this is true, then it changes the whole perspective & makes it a beautiful tribute. If gardeners can make this with limited time and resources, then one can imagine how good they would have been if they had resources. Their creativity should be encouraged. #KeepTheStatue https://t.co/FzZ2Vx8c63
— Ammar Ali Jan (@ammaralijan) February 2, 2021
this statue was made with labor of love and fully funded by the gardeners, but the vilifying from twitter critics is getting it removed. this beautiful tribute and artistic expression means more than any finer sculpture. PLEASE SAVE IT! #KeepTheStatue https://t.co/Sjn1cjsld1
— Maryam (@maryamful) February 2, 2021
Social media users who had previously criticised the statue and the way it looked have since apologised and are now asking the authorities to keep the statue.