'Burning Man Obama' (VIDEO): Chinese Artist Builds Effigy Of President As Tribute
Barack Obama will be visiting China next week, and as this video report from Reuters shows, the Chinese are enthusiastic about Obama, if not in ways that always make immediate sense. For example, an artist in Beijing, Liu Bolin, has made a bronze sculpture of Obama, based on a Time magazine image of the president, that he lights on fire for three minutes at a time (He apparently hopes to sell it for $15,000.) While this--no pun intended--may seem inflammatory, the artist says he doesn't mean for the piece, called "Burning Man Obama," to be seen as an attack: "I think it represents more his popularity... I think my piece represents more the fact that Obama's on fire," he said.