In recent months, you may have noticed an ever growing presence of monuments next door to #EddieWorld. The latest unveiling, occurring yesterday, was a massive 64 with a statue of “Tank Man” to bring attention to the 30th anniversary of The Tienanmen Square Massacre. If you recall, Tank Man (also known as the Unknown Protester or Unknown Rebel) is the nickname of an unidentified Chinese man who stood in front of a column of tanks leaving Tienanmen Square on June 5, 1989, the morning after the Chinese military had suppressed the Tienanmen Square protests by force.
The creator of these statues, which are all located within Liberty Sculpture Park, is famed Chinese sculptor Chen Weiming. Chen, the artist, is among a group of Chinese dissidents using sculpture to draw attention to human rights abuses committed by the Chinese government and memorialize its victims. This sort of outspoken behavior is not tolerated in China. So they came to America because we allow freedom of speech.
The park is home to three sculptures so far: a bust of Crazy Horse; a statue of Li Wangyang, a Chinese dissident imprisoned for 21 years after the crackdown at Tienanmen; and the number 64, which represents the month and day when the Chinese government sent tanks and troops into Beijing’s central square. From what we hear, Chen has big ambitions and plans for many more monuments. So stay tuned, and check out his sculpture park on your next visit! It’s right across the street from #EddieWorldYermo