A set of three statues of pigs dressed up as famous superheroes in U.S comics and installed as decorations at a flower street in Bien Hoa, the capital of the southern province of Dong Nai, has received mixed opinions from the public over the past few days.
As the Lunar New Year 2019 ushers in the Year of the Pig, the animal is the main theme for decorations at public places and attractions across Vietnam.
Decorations at Nguyen Van Tri Flower Street in Bien Hoa are no exception.
But three of the pig statues there have become the talk of the town for their controversial designs.
The cartoon pigs in question are dressed up as three well-known superheroes - Superman, Spider-Man and Iron Man -- and not all visitors are pleased with the designs.
|'Iron Pig'. Photo: A Loc / Tuoi Tre|
Pictures of the ‘superhero pigs’ were quick to surface on Facebook, and, like any other times, immediately sparked mixed responses.
Many think that the trio are ugly due to their fierce eyes, even though they are identical to those of the real Superman, Spider-Man and Iron Man, whereas others describe the statues as “cute” and “adorable."
“Too ugly! Too ugly!” a Facebook user named Nhu Hai Nguyen commented, while Duyen, a resident in Bien Hoa, said, “Pig statues should be cute while these look scary."
|'Spider-Pig'. Photo: A Loc / Tuoi Tre|
But Pham Thi Trieu Tien, a resident in the neighboring province of Binh Duong, has a different view.
“They are not scary at all, but rather lovely and cute, deserving to be the highlights of the flower street,” Tien underlined.
|A little boy takes a photo with the 'superhero pig' statues. Photo: A Loc / Tuoi Tre|
Nguyen Van Tri Flower Street is an annual event organized at the eponymous park in Bien Hoa by the municipal culture department on Lunar New Year occasions.
The departmental head, Nguyen Van Bong, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the superhero-pigs are meant to “make an adorable attraction” for children.
He underlined that the controversial statues are not the only decorations visitors can find at Nguyen Van Tri Flower Street.
“There are several other pig statues with cheerful and amusing faces, attracting many visitors,” he said.
This year’s Nguyen Van Tri Flower Street, themed “Bien Hoa - Eastern Scents and Colors," runs from January 30 to February 9, showcasing more than 50,000 flower pots of various kinds on the 1,100-meter pathway.
|A set of decorations at Nguyen Van Tri Flower Street in Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province. Photo: A Loc / Tuoi Tre|
|Visitors are seen at Nguyen Van Tri Flower Street in Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province. Photo: A Loc / Tuoi Tre|
|A man takes a selfie at Nguyen Van Tri Flower Street in Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province. Photo: A Loc / Tuoi Tre|