Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

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Ozymandias (1818)

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away”.

———————-Percy Bysshe Shelley

What is left of the Chinese internet, a lame, depleted and lethargic mockery of the real thing, has being going nuts over these pictures from nearby Guigang.

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Seven_year_itchThe 8.18 metre, 8 ton, stainless steel statue of Ms Monroe was apparently made as an attraction for a shopping mall in Guigang. There she stood towering above the shoppers showing off her backside as inspired by the 1955 movie “The Seven Year Itch”.

It always surprises me how random and unpredictable the average Chinese person’s knowledge is of other cultural figures. They know Monroe, but I doubt many could name Hepburn or Garland. They know the Carpenters (but refuse to believe she died over 30 years ago) but don’t know the Beatles. But know “Hey Jude”. Today, it was announced Gerry Goffin has died – he wrote the lyrics to “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”. Every young Chinese person I have met knows the song and insists it is 100% a Chinese song – some Cantopop singer covered it a while back.

Although to be fair, they probably score higher than your average American or British person’s knowledge of China’s cultural giants.

Anyway, I digress.

Despite taking two years to make,  Ms. Monroe stood happily flashing her underwear for only a brief six months, before China moved on again and she was unceremoniously bundled onto the back of a truck and towed away.

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She is now at rest face down in a Guigang scrap yard where she will no doubt be melted down for the scrap metal value. Not so different from her real life in some ways.

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More pictures here.

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