On this square of freedom stands an angel who has lost one of his wings. People are told that he is called “The Fighter of Liberty”. And people believe this is so, even though all those with power have for a long time mistakenly called him “The Flying Frenchman”. In spite of the silence of the angel’s creator, people choose to believe so.
The broken angel remains resolute, his remaining wing spread wide, despite losing his power of flight. Who is afraid of “The Fighter Of Liberty”? The Ceremony of Rebirth aimed at redefine this square of freedom, and rectify history.
About The Fighter Of Liberty The Cultural Centre Plaza, Tsim Sha Tsui
The sculpture is a work made for Hong Kong by the renowned French artist Cesar. It was a gift to the Hong Kong Urban Council and was erected at the plaza outside the Cultural Centre. It was claimed that the sculpture, originally entitled ‘The Fighter of Liberty’ was done in commemoration of the June 4th Incident. The Urban Council renamed it as “The Soaring French” in order to drain its political connotations. Consequently, the artist Cesar refused to attend the opening ceremony. Over the past years, some Hong Kong artists have been calling on people to present flower bouquets at the sculpture on June 4th annually to commemorate the martyrs.
Artists Chung Wai Ian, Jaspar Lau, Ocean Leung, Wong Tin Yan, Kitty Hung, Lo Lai Lai, Yentle Tong, Au Wah Yan and Lok To.