The Chinese American Museum has unveiled a life-size statue of Bruce Lee to commemorate the late legendary martial artist’s 50th death anniversary.
Key details: The Chu Tat Shing Art Exhibition, which showcases the work of renowned Hong Kong sculptor Chu Tat Shing, is currently being held at the historical landmark Pico House on 424 North Main St., Los Angeles, across from the Chinese American Museum.
The free admission event hosted by the museum began on Saturday and will run until July 23.
The event’s centerpiece: The main highlight of the event was the unveiling of Lee’s 5-foot-8 statue, which features his iconic “side kick” Jeet Kune Do pose. This life-like statue is reportedly the only one in North America, officials said.
Chu’s exhibition coincides with the 50th death anniversary of Lee, who died on July 20, 1973. Last year, kidney specialists from Spain claimed that Lee may have died from drinking too much water.
Opening the event: Several officials reportedly attended the ceremony alongside the artist, including Rep. Judy Chu (D, CA-28).
“Bruce Lee endures today as an iconic figure throughout the world,” Chinese American Museum spokesperson Ellen Endo said in a statement. She added, “By commemorating the 50th anniversary of his passing, the museum honors his legacy as a groundbreaking figure and a legend.”
The statue will be donated to the Bruce Lee Foundation after the exhibition.
Other highlights: The Chu Tat Shing Art Exhibition also showcases 40 art pieces, including the Chinese American Museum’s collection from across Asia and some of Chu’s other works, like his signature “Chinese Cursive Calligraphy” sculpture series, which are meant to symbolize the core Chinese values of home, peace and harmony.
The exhibition will also hold live sculpting demos, artist forums and a sculpting masterclass.