UW Kids Kung Fu Fighting For Bruce Lee Statue

A group of University of Washington students are working towards getting an on-campus statue built for one of their biggest athletic heroes - Bruce Lee:

Bruce Lee Statue

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The LOS ANGELES TIMES reports that efforts are being made to honor the kung fu movie star with his own memorial, to be featured alongside other such figures as George Washington and William Shakespeare.

So far, the group says they’ve collected over 1,000 signatures in support - including most members of the Huskies men’s & women’s basketball teams.

Lee had studied at Washington during the ’60s, taking drama & philosophy classes. He even taught martial arts classes on the student union lawn, and found his future wife among the U-Dub coeds.

The statue organizers have in mind wouldn’t be an action shot of Lee leaping, kicking or punching, but of Bruce sitting in a meditative pose.

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Organizers say that the Lee statue would also help celebrate diversity at the Seattle school. Minorities make up more than 35% of Washington’s 28,000 undergraduate enrollment, with 1 in 4 students claiming Asian ancestry.

But school officials warn that any public art proposals could take months or years to journey through the approval process.

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Yet, the Bruce Lee statue would be a perfect fit with Seattle’s other unique artworks.