An artist in the United Kingdom made a statue of a Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. The statue was commissioned by the University of Winchester. Today the new Greta statue is exhibited for the first time.
He received criticism for the cost
Winchester University administrators commissioned the statue to prove that it is a “green university” that takes the environment and the climate crisis seriously. But the university has also been criticized for the statue’s cost of more than 250,000 SEK, at the same time the university has to save money on other things.
He speaks in front of thousands of people
Greta Thunberg suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism, and recently said in an interview that her diagnosis makes it difficult for her to talk to people. Many people with autism find it difficult to be social and to communicate with others in a superficial way.
Greta says she believes that speaking in front of hundreds of thousands of people is less scary than talking to a few.
I want Greta to show who she is.
She is now known the world over for her conversations about the environment and the climate. The statue is made of bronze metal and depicts Greta Thunberg standing, possibly giving a speech. And the artist Christine Charlesworth Of making the statue,
She says she wanted to show Greta Thunberg what she is:
I wanted to portray Greta with all the traits of her personality. I wanted to show that she is confident when it comes to speaking in public, while her body language indicates that she is not completely confident, says artist Kristen Charlesworth in Swedish TV.