London: A bronze
sculpture of Mongolian hero Genghis Khan has been unveiled in
London in order for visitors to "understand Asian culture" better.
The statue, unveiled Saturday, rises to five meters from hoof to
helmet, and will stand next to the iconic Marble Arch on the busy
Oxford Street for six months. Against the backdrop of blue sky and
green park, it featured the leader in medieval amour lost in
contemplation on horseback, Xinhua reported.
The sculpture weighs 2,714 kg without the plinth, and took the
Russian artist Dashi Namdakov two years to complete.
Originally named as Temujin, Genghis Khan was born some 850 years
ago and founded the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) in China. The Mongol
empire he founded became the largest contiguous empire in history
after his death.
Asked why they chose to erect such a statue there, Paul Green,
president of the Halcyon Gallery said: "London is an international
city. This statue is imposing and will create dialogues from
visitors, help them understand Asian culture."