Steve Jobs Spotted In China’s Ghost City

(Credit: Darmon Richter)

(Credit: Darmon Richter)

Remember the recent bizarre Steve Jobs statue, depicting what looked to be the decapitated head of Apple’s late CEO?

Well, a new Steve Jobs sculpture may have it beaten in the weirdness stakes.

Urban explorer Darmon Richter found the above hexagonal blue sculpture — depicting Jobs’ profile against the iconic Apple logo — during a recent trip to Ordos City, China.

While the sculpture itself may not be as strange as the abstract Belgrade statue, what makes it odd is that it appears as one of many statues in in the middle of hundreds of thousands of vacant apartments in the Kangbashi New Area of Ordos — a  Chinese metropolis that has been called the world’s biggest ghost city.

(Credit: Darmon Richter)

(Credit: Darmon Richter)

The Jobs sculpture was one of three apple-themed statues.

“A series of [colorful] sculptures had been placed in one corner of the yard, apparently united by the theme of apples,” Richter wrote on his blog. “Isaac Newton’s face appeared engraved on one giant, metal fruit – another installation bore the familiar profile of Steve Jobs.”

Since it was Tim Cook who brokered the biggest deal to expand Apple into China, shouldn’t it really be him who deserves a monument in his honor?

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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