Rusty Statue of Sun Yat-sen Sparks Criticism
    2010-07-23 21:31:13     CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Wang Wenwen
 

The statue of Sun Yat-sen in the center of Nanjing city, capital of East China's Jiangsu Province [Photo: chinanews.com.cn]

A rusty bronze statue of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, democratic revolution forerunner in China, standing in the center of Nanjing city, capital of East China's Jiangsu Province, has sparked criticism among local residents, China News Service reported Friday.

The bronze statue of Sun Yat-sen was originally laid at Xinjiekou area in Nanjing and considered the landmark building of the city. In 2001, due to the construction of subways, the statue was removed to another place and public appreciation was forbidden. In May this year, the statue was unveiled again and shown at its original site.

However, local residents found the statue was not as magnificent as it had been, for there were some green spots on many parts of the statue, making it looked quite shabby. The residents criticized the government, claiming that the statue of such a great leader should not look like this.

An official from Nanjing Municipal Engineering Administration Department has consulted some experts about these spots and explained, "The statue was made fourteen years ago and the density of the bronze is not even. Now Nanjing is in its rainy season when humidity is quite high, so the bronze where its density is low can easily get oxidized and becomes rusty."

The official said residents' concerns arose due to their deep affection towards Dr. Sun Yat-sen, a Chinese revolutionary and political leader. He promised that when rainy season passes, some buffing and protection work will be done to restore the statue's original appearance.

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