|Statue of Queen Victoria|
The statue in Victoria Park in 2017
This statue was cast in Pimlico, London. It was originally located at the centre of Statue Square in the Central, where it was unveiled by then-Governor William Robinson on 28 May 1896, the day officially appointed for the celebration of the seventy-seventh birthday of Queen Victoria. During the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, it was taken to Japan to be melted down, along with other statues from the square. After the war, the statues were brought back to Hong Kong, and in 1952, the late Queen Victoria's statue was restored and placed in Victoria Park.
In 1996, shortly before Hong Kong's handover to China, artist Pun Sing-lui (Chinese: 潘星磊; pinyin: Pān Xīnglěi) tipped red paint over the statue and smashed its nose with a hammer. Pun was a recent immigrant from Mainland China who had become discontented with Hong Kong culture. Striking the statue and covering it in red paint was intended to serve as a protest against "dull colonial culture" and to encourage "cultural reunification with "red" China". His actions were decried as meaningless vandalism "in discord with popular opinions and the concurrent cultural atmosphere" and an "attack on Hong Kong culture". The statue was subsequently restored.