Public Art in Georges River – Li Bai statue

Li Bai statue, donated by the Municipality of Ma’anshan, China

Ma’anshan Friendship Park, South Hurstville

2009 – present

The Li Bai statue was donated by Ma’anshan Municipality, a city in eastern China, to the former Kogarah City Council in 2009 to celebrate their sixth anniversary as sister cities and as a token of their friendship. Li Bai (701 – 762) is known as the “Immortal Poet” in Chinese literature. His poetry stemmed from his practice of Taoism and is renowned for its passion, extravagant imagery and vivid narration. Made of steel and weighing 800kg, the statue of Li Bai is a focal point in Ma’anshan Friendship Park, and there are inscriptions of his poetry on feature rocks throughout the park.

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