The statue was built to honour the “spunta”, an abnormally long potato
A potato statue has been erected in the Cypriot village of Xylofagou - and people can’t seem to see past its phallic shape.
Named “The Big Potato”, the intention was to pay homage to the area’s abnormally long potatoes, also known as a “spunta.” They are grown in a group of villages known as the Kokkinochoria, or Red Villages, famed for growing fresh vegetables in red soil.
The 5 metres (16 ft) tall statue was unveiled on Wednesday after local community leader George Tasou said they wanted to follow in the footsteps of Belfast’s Big Fish monument.
He said, “Whether we like it or not, this potato, the spunta, is thin and long”, adding that anyone who sees otherwise is guilty of a dirty mind. “That is, I think, talk of a mind possessed,” he said. “It will be a landmark.”