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Central to that concept is martial arts master, Bruce Lee, the man that elevated the martial arts films produced by the Hollywood of the East to global acclaim. His statue, a 2-metre likeness in bronze, occupies a prime position on the eastern portion of the promenade, and beneath his feet, water flows, recalling the actor and philosopher’s famous quote: “Be formless, shapeless, like water.'' Corner’s redesign appears to have assumed a similar wisdom, establishing an intimate visual relationship with Victoria Harbour through its physical presence. “I love our large, wooden railing, which is ideal for leaning on to take in the view and also rolls up and down like a curvilinear ribbon along the water’s edge,” says Corner of his favourite part of the Avenue of Stars.
A third statue represents the beloved cartoon character McDull, a young pig who was the unlikely hero of Brian Tse and Alice Mak’s comic strips, moving eventually from the pages of newspaper Ming Pao to the big screen to the Avenue of Stars as an ambassador for the Hong Kong animation industry. The fourth figure, a woman wrapped in celluloid film who holds a pearl that she proffers to the sky, represents the Hong Kong Film Awards, which have celebrated the city’s movie industry since 1982.
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