The Flying Frenchman sculpture
Public Art: The Flying Frenchman sculpture
Also known as: The Freedom Fighter
Sculptor: © Cesar Baldaccini (1921-1998)
Funded by : The Flying Frenchman was gifted to
the people of Hong Kong by the Cartier foundation in 1992
Date Unveiled: 1992
Controversy: The Flying Frenchman sculpture was
originally named the "Freedom Fighter" but as one would expect in the 1990s in Hong Kong, it was misinterpreted by
many as the artist's response to the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, commonly known as the June Fourth
Incident, and the fight for a more democractic China. Under pressure from the government, the Cartier Foundation
succumbed to their request and changed the sculpture's name to Flying Frenchman, which is somewhat bemusing
considering the sculpture despicts a man with one broken wing.
Things you may not know about the Flying Frenchman
sculpture: On June the 4th every year candles are lit next to the sculpture to remember
those who died during the Tiananmen Square protests.