14 January 2011

Mammoth Sculpture of the Ancient Philosopher Confucius Shows Up on China's Tiananmen Square



Mammoth Sculpture of the Ancient Philosopher Confucius Shows Up on China's Tiananmen Square, by Anita Chang (Art Daily, 14 January 2011) [AP]

Excerpts:
There's a new face keeping Chairman Mao company on Tiananmen Square. A mammoth sculpture of the ancient philosopher Confucius was unveiled this week off one side of the vast plaza. It's a jarring juxtaposition for a square the ruling Communist Party treats as politically hallowed ground: a mausoleum holding revolutionary leader Mao Zedong's body sits in the middle and his giant portrait hangs at one end.

Placing the statue at China's political heart is the authoritarian government's most visible endorsement yet of the 2,500-year-old sage and, selectively, his teachings. Confucius is enjoying a revival, in books and films, on TV and in classrooms. His message of harmonious social order and deference to authority is unthreatening to the party, while his emphasis on ethics resonates among Chinese coping with fast-paced social change on the back of torrid economic growth.
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