People will put up statues for all sorts of reasons. There are statues of war heroes who have done tremendous work for our country, and there are statues of politicians that totally don’t deserve it. Then we have this statue of one person running away from another. It looks like he’s trying to stick his finger into an orifice where the sun don’t shine.
In truth, this is actually a statue at a university that’s immensely proud of their track team. That’s not an extended finger, that’s the baton runners hand over to their teammates. It sort of makes you wonder why the sculptor didn’t think of this.