“People do not know if it is true or not but apparently the children have been affected and I do feel a little responsible for it…the children can be reassured Momo is dead – she doesn’t exist and the curse is gone.”Sculptor Keisuke Aiso The Sun
For those of you who may not know, the MOMO Challenge is a real thing. Several countries have issued warnings about it and there were even people uploading it in the middle of kids videos on YouTube. There was also an AI created for text messaging apps that would respond to you as if they were MOMO. This unfortunate challenge caused people and kids around the world to commit suicide.
The Sun tracked down Sculptor Keisuke
The viral MoMo challenge itself and lore and memes surrounding seem to trace back to 2018, and the image were believed to be put on WhatsApp and YouTube, telling viewers to commit self-harm. However, investigative reports by Vox and The Atlantic have debunked the “Momo Challenge” as a viral hoax.
Keisuke Aiso told The Sun:
“And because it was out of the country and abroad I felt that it would pass, and I did not want to add fuel to the fire.
“It was not my masterpiece, so I’ve been surprised that it’s known around the world.”
He admits the sculpture, which features the head and naked torso of a traumatized woman, and a bird, is terrifying.
The artist was inspired by a Japanese ghost story about a lady who dies in childbirth and emerges as a bird woman to haunt the area where she died.
In local folklore, the woman appears cradling a baby and tries to hand it to strangers before disappearing before the baby turns into sticks or rocks.
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Photos by Paul Edwards – The Sun. Source: The Sun UK