A giant King Kong statue outside of Guangzhou’s Taikoo Hui mall has become a monstrous problem for urban management officials, according to reports.
The statue, which went up around noon on March 16, takes up an area of over 200 square meters, including the billboards that currently surround it.
Police and urban management officials arrived at Taikoo Hui yesterday afternoon and determined the giant primate monument had breached city planning regulations by extending up to four meters beyond the “municipal planning roadside line,” whatever that is.
Worse yet, the giant gorilla also reportedly covers a section of the blind sidewalk, a concrete pathway with raised bumps for blind pedestrians.
Responding officers photographed the site and have filed a complaint with the government. An official ruling has yet to be handed down.
Kong’s appearance has made Taikoo Hui a pilgrimage site for selfie enthusiasts, attracting swarms of people looking for a photo with the giant gorilla, as you probably know if you’ve wandered anywhere near Taikoo Hui over the past 24 hours.
While we initially thought the statue was built to memorialize gorilla-god Harambe, it turns out the statue is there for a much more logical reason: to help promote the film Kong: Skull Island. (We’re still thinking of you Harambe, RIP.)
[Images via Tencent News, Youtube]