A huge sculpture of the footwear hurled at President Bush in December during a trip to Iraq has been unveiled in a ceremony at the Tikrit Orphanage complex.

Assisted by children at the home, sculptor Laith al-Amiri erected a brown replica of one of the shoes hurled at Bush and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki by journalist Muntadhir al-Zaidi during a press conference in Baghdad.

Details here.


  1. #1 Stacy
    January 31, 2009

    So now the Tikrit region has a copper shoe instead of a statue of Saddam.

    I’m not quite sure how I feel about that one. Must digest.

  2. #2 Lassi Hippeläinen
    January 31, 2009

    Already banned. Someone should teach democracy and freedom of expression to Iraq.

  3. #3 Pierce R. Butler
    January 31, 2009

    “I did take the shoe down immediately and destroyed it, and I did not ask why,” Shahah Daham told the German news agency DPA.

  4. #4 Lilian Nattel
    January 31, 2009

    If you can’t protest through art, then the alternative is…

  5. #5 coffee
    February 1, 2009

    if the Iraqis use their democracy similarly to Americans, then they will re-construct the shoe sculpture after U.S. forces leave and make it twice as big as the first one

  6. #6 Rick Quarton
    February 1, 2009

    Can we has one for our country?