Hollywood legend and martial arts expert Bruce Lee has been memorialized in statue form at Chinatown’s historic Central Plaza in downtown L.A. during a public unveiling last Saturday.
The bronze statue, depicting Lee in one of his iconic martial arts poses, stands at 7.6-foot tall and will be on temporary display in Chinatown during the summer. The statue’s unveiling coincided with the 40th anniversary of Lee’s untimely death, as well as the 75th anniversary of Chinatown.
Lee’s daughter Shannon, who attended the ceremony, said that the statue is the first of its kind honoring the Hollywood star in the U.S. It was created by an artist from Guangzhou, China and donated by the non-profit Bruce Lee Foundation, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Though it’s not yet permanently installed, business leaders aim to raise the $150,000 to set the statue in a concrete base at its new home in Chinatown.
Lee rose to fame in the mid-70s for his starring roles in martial arts action flicks like Fist of Fury (1972), Way of the Dragon (1972) and his final film Enter The Dragon (1973), which was released four days after his shocking death at the age of 32.
See photos from the Bruce Lee statue unveiling ceremony in Chinatown HERE!