Giant ox to ‘kick’ pandemic away


Lee standing next to his bull sculpture displayed on the divider in Bukit Panchor along the trunk road into Nibong Tebal town, Penang.

WITH the Covid-19 pandemic still around for this Year of the Ox, an artist has decided to ‘kick’ it away through his masterpiece.

Lee Siang, 45, from Nibong Tebal, Penang, made a 3m tall by 4m wide sculpture of a bull with its hind legs standing and ‘kicking away’ the coronavirus.

As part of his contribution to the community, Lee donated the sculpture to be placed on the divider along the trunk road in Bukit Panchor leading into Nibong Tebal town.

“As Covid-19 is still around this Chinese New Year, people need to fight it together, ” he said.

“The sculpture was made using wrought iron rods and layered with metal sheets.

“It features a raging bull standing on a rock with the coronavirus under its trotters, symbolising its strength.

“It took me two weeks to complete it and I’m honoured to be permitted to showcase it.”

Lee said the sculpture estimated to be worth RM20,000 is presently on display and lighted up nightly until the end of the year.

Jawi assemblyman Jason H’ng Mooi Lye said the sculpture of the bull dubbed ‘Golden Bull Kicking Virus’ had turned into a local attraction and hoped that it would motivate people to stand strong together in battling the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The bull serves as a reminder to people that we must stay vigilant and show strength and determination, ” he said.

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