But it's NOT intended to glorify those evil monsters.
She said the artists have said they are thrilled the piece has got Richmond residents "standing around the water cooler ... talking about Lenin and Mao," which is what they wanted.At first glance I was appalled that a gigantic Lenin Bust was being erected in public.
Fans of Chairman Mao the brothers Gao are not. Their father was killed during the Cultural Revolution. As if to prove their stance, the Gaos smashed one of their own Mao statues with mallets in a performance in Moscow last summer. Ms. Blume said the artists' Beijing studio is regularly raided by censorious Chinese authorities, and the men have been forced to exhibit their art "underground."
Richard Rhodes, editor of Canadian Art magazine, agreed that to his eyes, Miss Mao looks more like a dissident statement than an endorsement of communism.
"I haven't seen the sculpture, but from looking at the image of it, they've certainly set both figures in what we call in the art world a critical context. They're [provoking] a reinterpretation of meaning of these figures, and I certainly don't see anything pro-totalitarian," said Mr. Rhodes. He said Mao's balancing act could refer to contemporary China's difficulty of reconciling the late Chairman's communism with its present capitalist zeal.
But now I see that the purpose is actually to piss off the Chinese Communist Party. What better way to do it than in Richmond, B.C., which has a huge population of Chinese immigrants, so that, no doubt, word about the sculpture will somehow get to the Commies, as well as to the People in China, who'll probably talk about it there and spread the word. Every little bit matters. Gotta take down the Commies bit by bit...
And I do "get" the message of the artwork.
Hmm. Hey, y'know what'd be a great idea? A massive sculpture of Mohammed wearing explosive panties... What better way than that to get everybody talking about the message behind it?