Tank-man", created in 2019. It was created by Mr. Chen Weiming based on the photographs taken by Jeff Widener, an Associated Press reporter, at the time of the June 4 massacre in Beijing, and was completed on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the June 4 Incident. In the design of the sculpture, Chen Weiming formed the "Tank Man" and the "64 Monument" into one main sculpture, with the tank advancing towards the "64 Monument" and Wang Weilin standing in front of the tank to stop it from advancing. Wang Weilin stands in front of the tank, preventing it from advancing.
The tank man in the sculpture is made of 1,300 pounds of concrete. The figure holds a briefcase in his left hand, a shirt in his right, and his eyes are fixed on the tank directly in front of him. The figure is painted dark bronze. The tank was originally planned by the artist as a real military tanker of the Type 59 model, adapted from the Soviet T54, which was used by the Chinese Communist Party in its repressive campaigns at the time, but was unsuccessfully replaced with an olive-green replica of the tank made of recycled steel, wood, fiberglass, and mortar, with plastic foam used for the treads and painted in grass green. "During the June Fourth Incident in 1989, tanks of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) rolled into Tiananmen Square to suppress unarmed students and citizens. The tanks were blocked on their way to Chang'an Street in Tiananmen by a young man, a fearless 30-year-old known as "Wang Weilin," but no one knows if that is his real name. The scene was captured and published by Associated Press reporter Weidenauer and shocked the world. "Wang Weilin blocking the tank" is considered one of the most influential photos of the 20th century, Time magazine named it one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century, the U.S. media said Wang Weilin blocking the tank "is the conscience and courage of mankind in the challenge to the ruthless state machine! The U.S. media called Wang's blocking of a tank "a challenge of human conscience and courage to the ruthless state machine," and U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi described the photo as "one of the most enduring images of the 20th century that will be seared into the conscience of the world forever. Although Wang Weilin's identity remains a mystery and his whereabouts unknown, his courageous defiance of tyranny and fearlessness of death is an inspiration to those who love freedom and democracy. In Chen Weiming's hands, this sculpture represents a force strong enough to stand up to the ironclad tanks of tyranny and dictatorship. In the face of the Chinese Communist Party's relentless iron armor tanks, the courage to stand up against them is now transformed into a concrete sculpture. Chen Weiming says, "'Tank Man' is a representative image of the Chinese people's insistence on justice in the face of power. Now we give him the form of art to shape the frame, tell the world the courage of the Chinese people against the tyranny of the tyranny, encourage us to fight for democracy and freedom in China", "We are not making a monument for someone, but for the spine of our nation, for our generation's ideals, and for the freedom of the fight. From this point of view, it is still worthwhile to pay more for ourselves."
What is Wang Weilin's real identity? Where did he go after being pushed away by a group of people? Chen Weiming said that these questions will never be answered, but as an artist, the image of this shocking "tank man" will be fixed in three dimensions on the earth, "This is the spirit of a generation, the most beautiful side of the Chinese people".
On June 4, 2019, at the 30th Anniversary of June 4 Commemoration in Freedom Sculpture Park, Fang Fang, the president of the Chinese Democracy Education Foundation in San Francisco, who lost both of his legs to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) during the June 4 massacre, was invited to participate in the commemoration. Mr. Fang Zheng, president of the Chinese Democracy Education Foundation in San Francisco, whose legs were run over by a PLA tank during the June 4 massacre, expressed his surging emotion when he entered the Freedom Sculpture Park: "It was like going back to Tiananmen Square 30 years ago. We felt so close to democracy in China at that time, but when I saw the 'Tank Man' sculpture, I felt like I was seeing that bloody suppression again. From today's point of view, despite the hardships, we have not been disappointed in the cause of democracy in China; we are still pursuing it and are full of confidence."
Wu Jianmin, a leader of the Nanjing school movement in exile in the United States, said that the "Tank Man" finally stood on American soil after 30 years of people's pursuit, making the Chinese people's "June 4" complex have a new support. "Overseas, there are still many young people joining the anti-communist forces, which can be seen on a grand scale in the Freedom Sculpture Park. Hundreds and thousands of people have come today, showing the world once again that the people will not forget 'June 4'. The Communist Party wants to erase it, it can't do it."