Statue of Queen Victoria
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The statue in Victoria Park in 2017
ArtistMario Raggi
MediumBronze sculpture
SubjectQueen Victoria
LocationHong Kong
Coordinates22°16′52″N 114°11′22″E / 22.281115°N 114.189348°E / 22.281115; 114.189348Coordinates: 22°16′52″N 114°11′22″E / 22.281115°N 114.189348°E / 22.281115; 114.189348

The statue of Queen Victoria is a bronze sculpture by Mario Raggi. It is currently installed in Victoria Park, in Causeway Bay, Wan Chai District, Hong Kong, near the Causeway Road entrance of the park.

History

Statue Square in the 1930s, looking south toward the HSBC building in Central. The canopy of the statue is visible.
Statue Square in the 1930s, looking south toward the HSBC building in Central. The canopy of the statue is visible.

This statue was cast in Pimlico, London, and was originally installed at the centre of Statue Square in Central, the main business district of Hong Kong, where it was unveiled by then-Governor William Robinson on 28 May 1896, the day officially appointed for the celebration of the seventy-seventh birthday of Queen Victoria.[1] During the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, it was taken to Japan to be melted down, along with other statues from the square. After the war, the statue of Queen Victoria was brought back to Hong Kong, but the other statues were never found. In 1952, the late Queen Victoria's statue was restored and placed in Victoria Park.

In 1996, shortly before Hong Kong's handover to China, artist Pun Sing-lui (Chinese: 潘星磊; pinyin: Pān Xīnglěi) tipped red paint over the statue and smashed its nose with a hammer.[2] Pun was a recent immigrant from Mainland China who had become disillusioned with Hong Kong culture.[3] The vandalism intended to serve as a protest against "dull colonial culture" and to encourage "cultural reunification with "red" China".[3][4] His actions were decried as vandalism "in discord with popular opinions and the concurrent cultural atmosphere" and an "attack on Hong Kong culture".[3] The statue was subsequently restored, at a cost of $150,000.[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ Bard, Solomon (2002). Voices from the past: Hong Kong, 1842–1918. Hong Kong University Press. p. 146. ISBN 978-962-209-574-8.
  2. ^ Elizabeth Ho (2012) 'Neo-Victorianism and the Memory of Empire' (Continuum) Pages 1-3
  3. ^ a b c Cheung, Wai-ting, Stephanie (2004). "Public art in Hong Kong" (PDF). HKU Scholars Hub. University of Hong Kong. Archived (PDF) from the original on 5 September 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  4. ^ a b Moir, Jane (4 January 1997). "Queen Victoria has successful nose job". South China Morning Post. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2014.