Bruce Lee community photographs exhibition at Kogarah Library

08/02/2017

Members of the Georges River Council community are invited to visit Kogarah Library to see the ‘A Day in the life of the Bruce Lee Statue: an exhibition of photographs of community members with the Bruce Lee statue’ exhibition.
 
The exhibition coincides with Lunar New Year and is a community development project aimed at engaging with the Chinese Community, with all comments in both English and Chinese.
 
Since the Bruce Lee statue was installed in 2012, it has become a feature of Kogarah Town Square, with many community members and visitors to Kogarah stopping to take a photo, read the inscription, and perhaps wonder, ‘why is Bruce Lee here?’.
 
The statue was a gift from the former Kogarah City Council’s sister city Shunde. It is a replica of a 19-metre high statue at the Bruce Lee Paradise theme park in Shunde, Guangdong Province, China.
 
During January 2017, Council staff engaged with passers-by at Kogarah Town Square to find out what the Bruce Lee statue meant to them and also took a ‘snapshot’ of community members willing to pose with the statue. Working alongside Mandarin-speaking community development worker, Suna Xie, Council staff engaged with community members from all ages and backgrounds.
 
The community sentiment captured regarding the statue was diverse and interesting. It revealed that the statue holds a personal significance for many people passing by or working and living in the community.
 
Community members were happy to be interviewed and have their photo taken whilst posing with the Bruce Lee statue. They were keen to connect and engage with Council staff, and with the exhibition’s audience, strengthening their sense of community identity.
 
The exhibition is being held in conjunction with Lunar New Year and will be on display in Kogarah Library until Friday 24 February 2017.
 
 
Exhibition details
 
When: On now until Friday 24 February 2017
Where: Kogarah Library, Belgrave Street, Kogarah
Hours: Monday, 9:30am–7.00pm
 Tuesday, 9:30am–7.00pm
 Wednesday, 9:30am–7.00pm
 Thursday, 9:30am–7.00pm
 Friday, 9:30am–7.00pm
 Saturday, 10am–4.00pm
 Sunday, 10am–1.00pm
 
For more information go to: www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au

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