The piece is called ‘Coup De Tête’ by Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed and is a sixteen foot-high bronze statue portraying the French soccer player Zinedine Zidane’s head-butting incident against Italian Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final. I strongly believe anyone who watched that game will probably never forget that image. The oversized statue has now been placed in front of the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The public sculpture has been installed to accompany the artist’s solo show at the institution running from October 3rd, 2012 to January 7th, 2013.
The exhibition organizer Alain Michaud says: ‘The statue goes against the tradition of making statues in honour of certain victories. It is an ode to defeat.‘
Check out the pictures of the huge bronze statue in the gallery above.