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Texas town erects bronze selfie statue

The Sugar Land sculpture has not gone down particularly well with residents, one describing it as a ‘sign of the coming apocalypse’

A Texas town has come under fire from locals for erecting an extra-special ‘selfie statue’. 

The bronze installation, which appeared outside Sugar Land’s city hall last week, features two teenage girls – complete with matching hair, boots, and faces – frozen in a selfie-taking crouch. According to an official press release, it’s an attempt to “support” and “enrich” the character of the US town. 

“The inclusion of sculpture in the Town Square plaza aligns with the continued vision of the City and the Legacy Foundation’s commitment to establish cultural arts amenities that 'provide and/or support activities and facilities that enrich the artistic, cultural, educational and historical character of Sugar Land'”, the statement claims.

The statue, which was apparently donated by a resident known as Sandy Levin, is one of a ten-piece collection celebrating the “everyday activities that occur” in the town. However, if social media is anything to go by, locals are pretty pissed: with many believing that its erection was funded by taxpayer’s money. 

“TODAY’S SIGN OF THE COMING APOCALYPSE,” screamed one Facebook user. “We are actually erecting statues of people taking selfies... WE ARE DOOMED!” Others claimed to be “offended” and “really sad”, while some are apparently already planning to “break the arm” off the bronze sculpture.

Lindsey Davis, Sugar Land’s cultural arts manager, shrugged off any complaints about the addition. “People seem to be very focused on selfies, but it is part of the larger sculpture donation,” she told KTRH. “I think seeing it in the context of the full donation will probably please people.”