‘Momo is dead’: Japanese creator of big-eyed sculpture behind viral ‘challenge’ destroys artwork
The artist behind the sculpture featured in the Momo Challenge viral hoax has destroyed his artwork.
Earlier this week, an alleged viral challenge targeting children made its way around the internet. The so-called “Momo Challenge” featured a woman-chicken hybrid that allegedly encouraged kids to commit suicide or scare their parents by disappearing for three days. However nightmarish Momo appeared to be, there was no evidence that anyone was actually using Momo to encourage self-harm.
But after getting tracked down, Japanese sculptor Keisuke Aiso decided to throw his creation, originally called Mother Bird, away.
“The children can be reassured Momo is dead,” he told British tabloid The Sun. “She doesn’t exist and the curse is gone.”
The sculpture had been on display in Tokyo’s Vanilla Gallery since the artist created it in 2016.
The Momo Challenge first originated on Instagram and crossed over from trolls to those truly concerned soon after. It’s periodically popped up on social media and into mainstream media coverage since 2016.
After its latest appearance on social media, YouTube issued a statement that it had seen no evidence of new Momo Challenge videos being published on the platform.
“We want to clear something up regarding the Momo Challenge: We’ve seen no recent evidence of videos promoting the Momo Challenge on YouTube,” they tweeted. “Videos encouraging harmful and dangerous challenges are against our policies.”