The East and the West - The President and the Empress
Owner: City of Overland Park
Artist: Kwan Wu
Dates: Installed November 2011
Sculpture contrasts historical contemporaries United States President Abraham Lincoln and Chinese Empress Cixi. While they never met, their lives embody their eras. Lincoln freed the American slaves while Cixi ruthlessly curtailed liberty in China. The polite poses belie the contradictory and turbulent histories both represent.
This sculpture is part of the International Sculpture Garden at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.