Statue of Zidane's headbutt commemorates France's 2006 World Cup loss | 22 Words

Statue of Zidane’s headbutt commemorates France’s 2006 World Cup loss

By Abraham Piper

A 15-foot-tall, bronze re-creation of one of the most infamous moments in soccer history now stands outside of the Pompidou Center, Paris’s modern art museum…

The statue, entitled “Headbutt,” is by the Algerian sculptor Adel Abdessemed, and coincides with an exhibition of his work in the museum. “This statue goes against the tradition of making statues to honor victories,” said Phillipe Alain Michaud, who directed the exhibition. “It is an ode to defeat… Zidane’s downward glance recalls that of Adam, chased from paradise.”

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And here’s the headbutt, in case you want to see it again…

(via Kottke)

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