A giant, golden statue of Mao appeared online and quickly became surrounded in criticism for its opulence against the stark fields of Henan Province in China.
The demolition teams arrived Thursday said villagers, and by Friday it was gone.
The 120-foot-tall statue, was built at a cost of $465,000 according to local media and had been built over the course of months, nearing its completion when it began to attract the negative attention.
The biggest criticism was based on the fact that the extravagant statue was placed in a poor, rural part of the country. Others pointed out the irony of erecting the statue in a province which was worst hit by the famine caused by Mao's Great Leap Forward.
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