Bruce Lee Statue
to Rival New York's Liberty
China, September 2010
Chinese artists in Foshan, a city in
Guangdong province, are creating a red painted 30 meter
(90 feet) tall eight-legged sculpture of kung fu legend Bruce Lee, which they hope would
eventually be recognised as a landmark very much like the
Liberty in New York Harbour.
According to the China
Daily, the ceramic statue depicts an eight-legged Bruce Lee, known
Xiaolong in Chinese, balancing world famous
monuments on each foot. These include the Arc de Triomphe in Paris,
Shanghai's Oriental Pearl Tower, and the Bird's Nest, or National
Olympic Stadium, in Beijing.
"We hope it can compete with
the Statue of Liberty. But our sculpture, 'The Kung Fu God of
1,000 Legs', is meant to symbolize Chinese wisdom, creativity and
health," an artist Shu Yong, said.
It took 100 people six months to complete the
sculpture, because of its complexity and size of the ceramics.
Lee, the star of the 1973 cult hit 'Enter the Dragon', was born in
San Francisco but has ancestral
links to Foshan. The towering
sculpture, which looks like a stop-motion capture of Lee doing one
of his explosive high kicks, is expected to be ready by 2011.
"We are taking it to
Museum (in Manhattan) next
year as part of a grand world tour," Yong added.
city in Guangdong province where the sculpture is being made, bills
itself as the home of Chinese kung fu. In reality, it competes with
several other Chinese towns and provinces for kung fu bragging
rights, notably the Shaolin monastery in Henan province.
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