Bruce Lee statue.
Bruce Lee statue.

Big Bronze Bruce Lee

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Los Angeles, California

You'll find a larger-than-life Bruce Lee in a pedestrian intersection of Chinatown's Central Plaza. The 7 1/2 ft. tall statue depicts the 1970s film actor and martial arts legend bare-chested, nunchucks in one hand and poised for a street brawl.

Bruce Lee statue.

The 1,595 lb. bronze was sculpted by an artist in China (another version without the 'chucks stands in Hong Kong). LA's was unveiled in 2013, on the 40th anniversary of Lee's untimely death from a prescription drug reaction in 1973.

While Bruce Lee's birthplace is San Francisco and his grave is in Seattle, between those two milestones he lived for a while in Los Angeles, playing Kato in the 1960s TV series The Green Hornet. He operating a martial arts studio a few blocks from the location of the statue.

The big Bruce Lee is a popular photo op. It's surrounded by a temporary metal fence while it awaits funding for a permanent pedestal and installation.

Big Bronze Bruce Lee

Address:
943 Sun Mun Way, Los Angeles, CA
Directions:
In Old Chinatown. Heading north on N. Broadway you'll cross W. College St., then see the bank on the left (west) side. Just past it is a tiny paid parking lot. The statue stands at the back of that parking lot, at the intersection of two pedestrian walkways.
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