The "Restoration of Hong Kong" mural was initiated by the Lion Rock Café, an organization of Hong Kong people in New York, and was completed on April 7, 2021, with paintings by New York-based muralist Damien Mitchell, and assistance from the Hong Kong Forum in Los Angeles and the Liberty Sculpture Park in California. The work depicts the scenes of protestors dressed in black holding yellow umbrellas, wearing yellow helmets and yellow masks, and resisting police violence and tear gas during the "Anti-Submission of China" campaign in Hong Kong. It is an artistic expression of support for Hong Kong people's struggle for democracy and freedom.
Winnie, a volunteer at the Lion Rock Ice House who coordinated the project, introduced the organization's original plan to set up a mural commemorating the "Anti-Send China" campaign in Brooklyn, New York, through crowdfunding in 2019. Due to the owner of the original site's location's concern that the issue was too sensitive, the mural was forced to be put on hold. After learning of this, the Los Angeles Hong Kong Forum contacted Freedom Sculpture Park to provide a site for the work. After more than a year and a half and many twists and turns, the 8-foot-8-inch-high, 12-foot-long mural was finally located in Freedom Sculpture Park along Interstate 15, a major transportation route between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
Members of the Lion Rock Icehouse said the mural was displayed to let people of different ethnicities understand what happened to Hong Kong and pay attention to the city, aiming to make outsiders understand why Hong Kong people are fighting and help them fight against the Chinese Communist Party's totalitarian regime through the artwork.
Founder of Freedom Sculpture Park and sculptor Chen Weiming mentioned that the mural is less than 20 meters away from the sculpture "Restoration of Hong Kong Era Revolution" which he completed last year, and their display calls for more people who have been persecuted by the Chinese Communist regime and whose freedoms have been eroded to come here, to speak out with their art in defense of their freedoms, and to restore the truth of history.
Jianqiang Pavilion was built to commemorate Ding Jun.
Ding Jun Jianqiang, a native of Shanghai, a devout Christian. During the 1989 period, he studied at the "University of Political Science and Law" in Shanghai. He was convicted of the June 4th student movement and was brutally persecuted, causing him to become paralyzed and almost desperate.
In a certain year, he was helped by a friend and went to the United States to go to the United States. He received dialysis every week for his kidney disease. He received free treatment for all his diseases for a long time, and his condition gradually stabilized. Unexpectedly, Geng Zi was hit by the CCP virus again in the next year. Although he was rescued by the doctors and nurses, he was eventually invaded by various diseases. He was unable to return to the sky and passed away suddenly, only fifty-five in the Spring and Autumn Period.
Ding Jun is broad-minded and willing to give. Although he is not wealthy, he still tries his best to donate and shout for the Chinese prisoner of conscience. When he is dying, the book instructs him to donate only his inheritance to "Humane China" to help dissidents in political persecution.
Ding Jun is anxious for justice and is willing to give. Although he is suffering from illness, he still tries his best to call out for the democratic movement and has been a volunteer for the "Freedom Sculpture Park" for many years.
The Sculpture Park is located in Yemo, the summer is very hot, Ding Jun tasted that when he quit work, he laughed with his volunteer colleagues; the sun is scorching, and the pavilion shelters us? With Ding Jun's death, my colleagues remembered this and wept, so they raised funds, built a pavilion and wrote essays to remember;
The construction of this pavilion will comfort the soul of King Ding, shame my colleagues, and benefit everyone.
Pray for heaven, bless America, and stand tall in the desert.
The Lady Liberty, the torch will shine, drive away the darkness, and lead the common people.
Liberty Sculpture Park Jinli