Winchester University criticized for plan to erect statue of Greta Thunberg

by Jenny Mount · Mar 25th, 2021 10:46 am

Last Updated Mar 26th, 2021 at 5:25 pm

Winchester University in England is being criticized for its plan to erect a life-sized statue of 18-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg on March 30.

"What a total waste of money," said local resident Simon Dixon. "Total waste of money. I wonder whose bright idea that was."

Henry Osbourne, a student of the university, is questioning why he and fellow students "weren't given a vote over who to have a statue of?"

At a cost of more than $32,000, the "Make a Difference" statue is being completed by British artist Christine Charlesworth.

"The university wanted a sculpture of Greta because it is a very ‘green' university, and they feel that Greta will be an inspiration to all the students," Charleworth said.


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