Liberty Goddess Statue", a round sculpture, is the artist's creation based on the June 4 Statue of the Goddess of Democracy. The first statue, created in 2010, is in the collection of the Chinese University of Hong Kong; the second statue is in the collection of the Ashfield Uniting Church in Sydney's Inner West and is 3.2 meters high; and the third statue, by Chen Weiming, stands in Liberty Sculpture Park at a total height of 6.4 meters.
In May 1989, on the tenth day of martial law in Beijing, Tiananmen Square was in a state of chaos and drought, and students were in a dilemma, the Goddess of Democracy, which was made by more than 20 students from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, the Central Academy of Drama, the Central Academy of Arts and Crafts and other eight colleges and institutes, was rushed to Tiananmen Square for three days and three nights, without rest, and it was inspiring the people's hearts. on the evening of May 29th, the statue was transported to Tiananmen Square on tricycles, under the escort of thousands of citizens in four parts. The statue was transported to Tiananmen Square in four parts by three-wheeled vehicle. After 16 hours of assembling and processing, the statue was erected in Tiananmen Square at noon on May 30, facing Mao Zedong's statue on the Citadel, only 300 meters away. In their manifesto, "God of Democracy," the students stated that the statue of the Goddess of Democracy was a symbol of the movement and was dedicated to the students who were on hunger strike in the square as well as to the people who participated in the democracy movement.
The Goddess of Democracy is about ten meters tall, and the statue has a foam inner mold and a plaster outer layer. The statue has a neutral appearance, with a clean-cut face, short hair, a long robe and a torch in both hands. It is said that the statue was created in the image of Zhang Zhixin, a political prisoner during the Cultural Revolution. According to People Will Not Forget, a student who participated in the making of the statue made no secret of the fact that the design of the Goddess of Democracy statue was a reference to the Statue of Liberty in the United States. The Goddess of Liberty holds a torch in her right hand and a book in her left hand, on which is written the date of the independence of the United States, a declaration of victory; the Goddess of Democracy, on the other hand, holds the torch in both hands with a slight bend in her hands, showing a sense of perseverance, indicating that she will fight for liberty and democracy with double the courage and strength. The erection of the statue brought the square back to life, with hundreds of thousands of people clamoring to see the goddess and guarding the statue on their own initiative, but it also drew a strong backlash from officials. The Beijing Municipal Committee of Tiananmen Square issued a statement saying that the erection of the statue of the goddess in the square was "an insult and a trampling on the dignity of the country and the image of the nation", and the People's Daily published three consecutive days of articles from May 31st to June 2nd to criticize it.
Five days later, on June 4, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) tanks rolled into Tiananmen Square and cleared the area in a bloody manner, and the statue of the Goddess of Democracy was pushed over and crushed by the tanks and massacred along with countless other protesters. Although the Goddess of Democracy statue in Tiananmen Square only "survived" for a few days before it was mercilessly destroyed, it was quickly "resurrected" in various places.
In 2010, Chen Weiming made a 6.4-meter-high statue of the Goddess of Democracy with a base made of fiberglass, holding a torch in one hand and a book with "Freedom, Democracy, Justice" in the other, and displayed it in Times Square in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. However, the statue was confiscated by the police before it was erected, arousing public indignation. After several protests, the statue was finally installed at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and was gradually integrated into the various protests organized by the students thereafter. At this point, the statue of the Goddess went beyond commemorating a single historical event, and became a symbol of the pursuit of freedom and justice. The Goddess of Democracy then traveled further and further, but in 2012 it encountered obstacles when it entered Kinmen, Taiwan. Chen Weiming signed an agreement with the Kinmen government to invest in a 64-meter-high statue of the Goddess of Democracy along the Kinmen coastline to commemorate June Fourth and to highlight Taiwan's role as a "beacon of democracy" in China. However, the contract was halted less than a day after it came into effect, when the Ma Ying-jeou administration was accused of bowing to Beijing's pressure and breaking the contract.
A second statue of the Goddess of Democracy, made by Chen Weiming, was unveiled in Sydney, Australia, on June 4, 2015, and is in the collection of Ashfield Uniting Church in Sydney's Inner West. In the 2016 "Exhibition of Chinese Communist State Terrorism and Commemoration of the 27th Anniversary of June 4", Chen Weiming took his third statue of the Goddess of Democracy from Los Angeles on May 14th, and traveled more than 10,000 kilometers to over a dozen cities in the United States before arriving at the "27th Anniversary of June 4" on June 4th. On June 4, the 27th anniversary of June 4, he arrived in Washington, D.C. The traveling exhibition also featured more than 100 photos and videos exposing the Chinese Communist Party's human rights abuses at home and reminding the American people to be vigilant against the expansion of Chinese state terrorism abroad.
Chen Weiming's overall plan is to surround China with statues of the Goddess of Democracy, he said, China is now at the crossroads of history, the whole change is very great, in the domestic democracy movement is in the air, the activities of human rights activists, lawyers, intellectuals, and the grassroots people, like a volcano to erupt. As an overseas person, we can only use our own power to propagate, in the form of art, with the torch of the goddess of democracy, in the hope of igniting to guide China towards a democratic and civilized society." He envisioned to make this statue of the fallen Goddess of Democracy in Tiananmen Square, 89.64 meters high, and transport it back to the motherland where it fell, on the day of democracy in China.