It may have been more fitting to do it in gold but given that that would rather expensive (and soft) Cobh residents have to make do with a bronze statue of Sonia O'Sullivan adorning Kennedy Quay in the town centre. The Sonia O’Sullivan Dedication Committee was put together to find aIt may have been more fitting to do it in gold but given that that would rather expensive (and soft) Cobh residents have to make do with a bronze statue of Sonia O'Sullivan submission and yesterday, the final work was unveiled.
This is one of the photos from the 1998 European Championships that Cobh Tourism asked applicants to work off. (It should be noted that it was asked that the flag not be included)
This is the final result.
And here it is: the bronze statue of Sonia O'Sullivan in her hometown pic.twitter.com/DICwkjCOJ7
— Athletics Ireland (@irishathletics) September 20, 2015
While a statue is certainly a fitting tribute for Cobh's finest, this particular likeness has received quite a bit of criticism.
That Sonia O Sullivan statue in Cobh is ick 😂
— Mairead D (@MDRN1) September 20, 2015
Sonia O'Sullivan's new statue. The world champion and Olympic medalist obviously did it in high heels. Awful. pic.twitter.com/2himLEJ9P9
— Hilary Lennon (@hilarylennon) September 20, 2015
There's a lot to think about with this new statue of Sonia but I'll start with with her high heeled runners pic.twitter.com/UG6nT6Oi0L — Jennifer Stevens (@JenStevensDub) September 20, 2015
It must be said that the heels criticism is a bit unfair given that they're supports needed to hold the lifelike pose but nonetheless it's certainly interesting.