Unveiling Of Weimeng Chen’s CCP Virus II Set For June 5 At Liberty Sculpture Park

Almost a year ago, June 4, 2021, the Liberty Sculpture Park in Yermo introduced the CCP Virus Sculpture. A little over a month later in July, agents of the Chinese Communist Party with ties to the Chinese Ministry of State Security, repeatedly attacked the sculpture, eventually burning it to total destruction July 23rd, according to charges unsealed in March 2022 by federal prosecutors.

Construction crew drops Weiming Chen’s replacement sculpture CCP Virus II, created less than a year after the destruction of the original CCP Virus sculpture, into place on June 1, 2022. Photo: Mark Gutglueck

Weiming Chen, sculptor of the piece, immediately vowed to rebuild. With the support of donations from those angered by the attack, including the Human Rights Foundation, the CCP Virus II Sculpture was created using the original molds as the guide to build a metal frame. Sculptor Weiming Chen, welder Qien Yan, assistant Jonas Yuan, and David Jen spent seven months using rebar, sheet metal, cement, and paint to make the replica of the giant coronavirus molecule head with Communist Hammer and Sickle attachment and the face and skull of Xi Jinping, President of China and Leader of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The installation is the largest depiction of Chairmen Xi in the world that firmly holds his leadership accountable for the CoVid-19 pandemic’s worldwide impact and devastation.

Workers maneuver Weiming Chen’s replacement CCP Virus II Sculpture onto its pedestal at Liberty Sculpture Park in Yermo on June 1, 2022. Photo by Lise King.

An event to unveil the CCP Virus II Sculpture will be held Sunday June 5th starting at 3 p.m. The park entrance is 37570 West Yermo Rd. Speakers will be in English and Chinese languages. A period of silence to honor the victims of CoVid-19 is a planned portion of the unveiling ceremony. The unveiling will be followed by a memorial observance of the 33rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre (estimated to begin 6PM) in front of the giant Six Four monument. Speakers for the memorial will be mostly Cantonese and Mandarin dialects. 

The handiwork of Communist Chinese agents who succeeded in destroying Weiming Chen’s original CCP Virus sculpture during the late spring and early summer of 2021. Photo by Mark Gutglueck

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