The statue (which the mayor openly called a Transformer, but isn't, for copyright purposes) was so dumb that most people figured it had to be an April Fool's joke. But then the statue outlasted its welcome and citizens started to complain, to which Mayor Gokcek replied that they had to "respect the robot." Going all John Connor, the Chamber of Architects and Engineers did the exact opposite and sued the mayor on account of having "wasted taxpayer money."
Meanwhile, the prestigious Ankapark's opening was pushed back into the next year to wait for all the bad PR to blow over. Faced with such savage, unreasonable adversity, the mayor announced on social media that he would remove the robot ... and replace it with a giant T-Rex instead.