A solar powered statue of LL Cool J is on display in New York.

Currently installed at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, the Bronze bust of the Bay Shore rapper is the work of artist Sherwin Banfield, who called it a “labor of love”.

The statue — named Going Back to the Meadows — is positioned above a gold-coloured boombox which is powered by the sun, and will play the LL Cool J’s music from midday until to 5pm, five days a week.

Speaking about the sculpture on Instagram, Banfield said: “Using traditional techniques of modeling clay and a multitude of reference photographs, I created my artistic interpretation of LL, a collaboration of facial stages emerging from an anatomical foundation.

“Using my years of lessons in study of ancient Kemetic statues, Greco Roman and Italian Renaissance masters, I strived to model the essence, strength, fortitude, sensitivity and determination of LL into this portrait bust.”

You can check out the sculpture below, or see it in person at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, NY until the 23rd November.

 
 
 
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