Editors note: this article was published as a joke on April Fools day 2019 as a light hearted joke towards the ugly globe that has been erected on campus. This article is not meant as a political statement or to offend anyone. All views expressed are my own and not the Beaver’s. The earth is flat y’all – Amelia xoxo
Amidst controversy around the globe sculpture on Sheffield Street, LSE Director, Dame Minouche Shafik, announces that it will be taken down later this week.
The Globe named: ‘The World Turned Upside Down’ has been controversial for many reasons. Many complaints were made about the Globe taking up prime space for students who wanted to meet, set up stalls or just avoid overcrowding on the space in front of the Saw Swee Hock building.
The Globe has also been the centre for the political debate, with students drawing on and sticking post-it notes on the globe over Israel because Palestine was not featured. Two security guards were stationed next to the globe to try and stop any more attempts to deface it.
Criticism for the Globe has also found its way onto LSELove, with 80% of the posts now centred around the ‘monstrosity’.
A current geography student has commented: ‘it honestly looks like the globe has rolled out of the geography department by accident’.
An LSE professor has criticised the globe for its many inaccuracies, its most noticeable one being that ‘the globe is spherical when it should clearly be disc-shaped’. He also notes that the ice wall surrounding the disc is missing.
Minouche has confirmed that the globe will be deflated in the next two days and be replaced by a 10-foot tall version of The Penguin sculpture by Canadian sculptor, Yolanda Vandergaast.