'Momo Is Dead': Creator Destroys Creepy Big-Eyed Sculpture
The artist behind the chilling Momo sculpture that has terrified children as part of the 'Momo Challenge' has announced that the horrifying beast is "dead".
Sculptor Keisuke Aiso says he feels "responsible" for scaring children after his work was hijacked by people who have used it in the viral 'Momo Challenge'.
The sculpture - originally created in 2016 and titled 'Mother Bird' - has been used in children's YouTube videos to entice them into performing a series of dangerous tasks including violent attacks and suicide.
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The Tokyo-based sculptor revealed to The Sun that children should no longer fear Momo as he's destroyed the sculpture.
"It doesn’t exist anymore, it was never meant to last," he told the publication.
"It was rotten and I threw it away.
"The children can be reassured Momo is dead - she doesn’t exist and the curse is gone."
Parents and children alike have discovered Momo's face appear in the middle of Peppa Pig episodes aimed at young children. Using a computerised voice, the character issues terrifying threats to the viewer.
The challenge allegedly entices children to add a contact into their phones and then instructs them to complete dangerous tasks with the threat of harming their families if they do not comply.
However, many believes the challenge is nothing more than a hoax, creating unnecessary worry for parents.
The 'Momo Challenge' first emerged last year when a 12-year-old girl's suicide in Argentina was reportedly thought to have been motivated by the 'game'.