Is giant copper puffer fish really a white elephant?

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A giant copper puffer fish that colorfully lights up at night and serves as a viewing tower for tourists will be submitted for world-record consideration for biggest metal construction by local officials in Yangzhong county in China's Jiangsu Province.

The statue of the fish made with 8,920 copper plates at a cost of $11 million has some locals already declaring it the biggest waste of money by the local government, which is the most indebted of any in the country.

So this puffer fish might actually be a white elephant. ITN News has the story:

The puffer fish, a species that inhabits area waters, is still under construction. It stands 15 stories tall and is nearly the height of the Statue of Liberty.

Some residents welcome the fish tower and say it improves the county's image, but others question the logic of building an expensive and impractical structure.

"To spend so much money on something so meaningless, I really admire these 'wealthy' people," one disgruntled resident posted on Sina Weibo, China's version of Twitter, according to Reuters.

Only time will tell whether the puffer fish makes up for its cost with tourism or remains a white elephant, albeit a very colorful one.