Local name: Patung Harimau Lucu Where: Subdistrict Military Command 1123, Cisewu, West Java
Height: About 1 metre
Unfortunately, kitsch is not cool, especially when it causes people to mock a military mascot. This cartoonish, grinning tiger statue had for six years stood guard at the entrance to Subdistrict Military Command 1123 in Cisewu, Garut, West Java. In early 2017, photos of the tiger began appearing in humorous memes, mocking its lack of ferocity. Stung by the jokes, the Siliwangi Military Command in March 2017 destroyed the statue. Later that month, a more menacing tiger statue was installed. The Army said it would review about 360 tiger statues at other bases to check whether they appropriately reflect military authority. The mascot was inspired by the legend that King Siliwangi of Sunda’s Hindu kingdom was guarded by sacred tigers and could even transform himself into a tiger. Many people felt the grinning tiger statue should have been preserved as a tourist attraction.