Mao statue in Juzizhou

Mao statue in Juzizhou
Mao statue in Juzizhou

The figure of Mao Tse Tung continues to be revered in today's China as the great symbol of the Communist Revolution that led the history of this country throughout the 20th century and so far in the 21st, when the designs of the Asian giant continue to be directed by the Communist Party, although clearly adapting to the norms of globalized Capitalism.


Statue of Mao in Juzizhou

But as we say, although Chinese politics and people live in a different world from Mao, this is still the great popular idol. In fact, portraits and large sculptures continue to be made in his honor, some as crazy as the gigantic statue of Mao sitting that has been created in the province of Henan, Central China, where in the middle of A large seated figure of the leader, 37 meters tall and fully painted in gold, has risen from the farm fields of Tongxu County.

That statue, as well as the vast majority of the images that represent Mao Tse Tung or Mao Zedong (either way is correct), they always show us in their years of maturity, looking serious and wearing his military clothes. An image that we curiously know very well outside of China thanks to the painting of an American artist identified with the opposite of what Mao represents, we refer to Andy Warhol, the greatest exponent of Pop Art who was actually acreated much deeper than it seems, and that is why it is interesting to analyze his paintings of the Chinese ruler.

However, not all of Mao's effigies respond to that archetype. A good example is this work that was done in 2009. A figure created from thousands of huge blocks of granite brought from quarries many kilometers away, without skimping on costs. And of course he also has very idealized cult dimensions of Asian leaders. Since it is a sculpture that reaches 32 meters in height. Although to be fair, similar works have not only been done in Asia, just look at the faces of Mount Rushmore with the 4 American presidents.

So the great novelty of this work located in the Juzizhou Island is the image of a youthful and non-military Mao. In fact he is depicted at the age of 32 when he wrote his poem Changsha, in which he describes the sights of these island landscapes. In short, it involves a review of the image of the great leader, showing him as someone closer and more human. Something that not everyone liked, and has been criticized by the population for not being too respectful. Although for the vast majority it is a truly praiseworthy work, so much so that the most exaggerated have come to compare it with the Great Sphinx that is next to the Pyramids of Egypt. A comparison without a doubt excessive.

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