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A Study on Sun Yat-Sen’s Standing Memorial Statue by Paul Tien-Shen
Pu Tian Shen
the Great Man Statue
the generalized public art
This case study mainly investigated the Sun Yet-Sen Standing Statue set up by Sculptor, Pu Tian-Shen, in front of the Zhongshan square of Taipei in 1949. This statue plays an important role among all of the great statues in Taiwan. From a review of the literature, it was seen as a primer for Taiwanese Public Art. It is also recognized to be the essential reference standard for other relevant political statues. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the value of the statue beyond it’s political meaning, to explore it from an artistic perspective, and also to illustrate it as a classical work. Firstly, the study discusses the statue from two perspectives: “the visible sculpture” and “the invisible external condition”. The qualitative research was done to explore the classical practical performance of this outdoor sculpture. Furthermore, the quantitative data analysis compares the difference in public perception in both the present and the past. It explores the value of the statue now and in the future. The researcher divides the related artistic questions about Pu Tian –Shen’s Statue into three levels to carry on the discussion as follows: “the shape”, “ the symbol” and “ the artistry”. The Ministry of Interior listed the Taipei Zhongshan Hall as the national second-level historical site in 1992. However, only the building itself was recognized as an historical site and not the bronze statue in the square. This research aims to estimate the artistic value of Pu Tian Shen’s Sun Yat-Sen statue and makes recommendations to the authority to raise the awareness and importance of the statue in modern Taiwanese society and to consider methods for its preservation for future generations.
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