Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is probably going to be the first person in the world to get a bust sculpture made of human blood for her birthday. HU Husseini, an ardent fan of Jayalalithaa, has sculpted a statue from his own blood and the blood of his students.
The statue is made of 11 litres of blood, frozen at -27 degree Celsius. Husseini, an archery coach and founder of the Chennai-based Archery Association of Tamil Nadu, claims to have sacrificed 7.5 litres of his blood for sculpting the statue. “I collected and preserved 7.5 litres of my blood over a period of eight years,” he says, “but one litre was wasted in the process of sculpting the bust.”
The rest of the blood — 4.5 litres — was donated by 32 archers of Tamil Nadu, who are honing their archery skills under Husseini’s guidance. The statue, which is preserved in a specially made glass-box refrigerator, does not contain any preservatives. “It will not rot and if kept in proper temperature, it will remain the same forever,” claims Husseini. “This is an archery instructor’s homage to a chief minister who is trying her best to popularise archery, which has been neglected in Tamil Nadu unlike mainstream sports like cricket or tennis. Jayalalithaa has given a donation worth lakhs to the archery foundation and for that my students and I will always be grateful to her.”
Another aim of this sensational project is to encourage people to donate blood. “If a handful of us can come together and donate blood for this sculpture, others too should donate blood for noble causes,” adds Husseini.
Husseini has a history of doing such crazy things for Jayalalithaa. During Jayalalithaa’s previous tenure as CM, Husseini had drawn a portrait of her with his own blood, after which land was given for a karate institute run by him. Later, during the M Karunanidhi-led DMK regime, the facility was raided by the Tamil Nadu police for alleged corruption in the land deal. Husseini is still fighting a legal battle over that deal.