"Watermelons that can fit a child are Diyarbakır watermelons," the Diyarbakır Municipality tweeted on May 9. "Send us childhood photos in watermelons, we'll publish them. Let's show the world what watermelons are."
One social media user asked the municipality to reveal the cost of the bizarre artwork, as well as the statue of a man displaying a local sweet that was revealed at the same time. The municipality is currently run by a government-appointed trustee, who is known for extravagant spending without any transparency.
Building strange artworks by local governments is a common practice, mostly creating structures that commemorate local foods and delicacies, like the depiction of famous Denizli peppers alongside the local symbol of a rooster.
A sculpture in western İnegöl depicts a hand holding a fork with a meatball stuck to it to honor the local food.