A partially built 24 metre, 120 million yuan statue of Soong Ching-ling in Zhengzhou, Henan province was abruptly demolished this month.
Under construction since 2011, the statue was to be of the famed and unanimously admired Soong Ching-ling, second wife of revolutionary leader Sun Yat-sen. As former Vice Chairperson of the Central People’s Government Council, Soong’s heavy involvement and contributions to the Communist Party made her an ideal candidate for having a giant statue of her head that would forever loom over the city of Zhengzhou.
China Daily reports that the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts had worked together with the Henan Soong Ching Ling foundation to construct the statue. However, due to disagreement on several details, the college backed out of the project. Unbeknownst to the college, construction of the statue continued, with officials from the foundation claiming the statue wasn’t a model of the former leader, but rather an image of “a Daughter of the Yellow River”. The foundation oversaw much progress on the statue and it appeared it would be completed soon, however the statue was demolished this month without any explanation or formal statement from the builders.
To be honest, the statue wasn’t the greatest representation of Soong Ching-ling so it doesn’t seem like too much of a loss. The features are far too masculine and its unrefined atheistic rightfully earned it a place on a list of the worst statues in China. It’s unfortunate that the statue could not have remained in place, as a perpetual reminder to pay attention to the details on contracts, or as a testament to the dangers of being too eager to build.
[Images via: China.org]