Muntadhir al-Zaidi, the journalist who hurled shoes at George W. Bush and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki during a press conference, has had a giant shoe sculpture erected in his honor. The monument was unveiled in a ceremony at the Tikrit Orphange.
The giant footwear was constructed out of fiberglass and coated with copper. It stands 11.5 feet high, is 8.2 feet long and is 4.9 feet wide. Laith al-Amiri sculpted the shoe in just 15 days thanks to help from the children of the Tikrit orphanage.
"Those orphans who helped the sculptor in building this monument were the victims of Bush's war," said orphanage director Faten Abdulqader al-Naseri. Al-Naseri believes the monument highlights Al-Zaidi's heroism and will encourage future generations.