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Chinatown

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The 7'6''-tall statue weighs 1,595 lbs. - GRACIE ZHENG
  • Gracie Zheng
  • The 7'6''-tall statue weighs 1,595 lbs.

A 7.6-foot bronze statue of Bruce Lee, the first in the U.S., was unveiled in L.A.'s Chinatown over Father's Day weekend as part of Chinatown Summer Nights festival, creating a buzz among locals, tourists and fans who came to the historic Central Plaza to pay tribute to the martial arts icon and action film celebrity.

But the statue designed by an artist in China is set to be removed tomorrow, June 20, according to Larry Jung, president of Los Angeles Chinatown Corp., and the future of it depends on whether $150,000 can be raised to install it permanently. "Right now it's only a statue," he says of the 3/4 ton Bruce Lee figure. "Someone can easily steal it. We're trying to make it a permanent fixture in Chinatown."

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