These are sculptures by the Chinese artist Xu Hong Fei who arrived to celebrate 500 years of founded Havana. It is a song to beauty in all its forms, to music, to love and to life in a general sense. Initially, the sculptures were located in some of the most populous areas of the city for a few days and since this Wednesday they are all gathered in the Chinatown until January 18.
The exhibition, titled Damas Gordas, has traveled around 36 cities around the world, including Havana. First, they were in the Parque de La Fraternidad and the Boulevar de San Rafael. The artist conceived the majority in fiberglass except one, entitled The Kiss. This is one of the most iconic in the collection, made of bronze and that has been donated to Havana.
As the artist has expressed in different media, the idea is to reflect the daily life of any person regardless of nationality and wanted to do so outside a closed space precisely to cause interaction.
The renowned sculptor has stated that with these sculptures he wants to celebrate the beauty and sensuality of women and take them around the world to help change perceptions about the concept of beauty.
Xu Hong Fei has pieces in the National Art Museum of China, the Hong Kong Art Center and the Beijing International Park. After starting this exhibition in Spain, the pieces have been exhibited in Italy, Australia, England, France, and the United States.
From Wednesday all are gathered in the Chinatown and on January 18 at 5 pm there will be a gala to celebrate them all, before they start their trip to other cities.