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Tear Down That Shoe!

1/30/2009 5:01 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

A giant shoe erected in honor of the Iraqi reporter who hurled footwear at former President George W. Bush went up yesterday ... and was promptly taken down today.

President George W. Bush
The huge sculpture, made of fiberglass and copper, was erected at an orphanage in the Iraqi city of Tikrit -- Saddam Hussein's hometown. The head of the orphanage says the Provincial Joint Coordination Centre told her to take the structure down immediately.

The statue was built by an Iraqi sculptor with the help of the kids of the orphanage. Child labor at its finest.

No word on exactly how many U.S. soldiers protected said sculptor and kids from harm during their arts and crafts session.

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