A statue commemorating the massacre of Vietnamese civilians by South Korean mercenaries during the American war in Vietnam will be unveiled on Wednesday at a press conference hosted by the Korean-Vietnamese Peace Foundation. The statue, named ‘Vietnam Pieta,’ is the work of married couple Kim Seo Kyung and Kim Eun Sung, the same artists who created the statue of a young girl symbolizing the ‘comfort women’ who were forced to serve as sex slaves for the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second World War. The name ‘Vietnam Pieta’ echoes the famous 15th-century marble sculpture “Pietà” (Pity) by Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo, which depicts the Virgin Mary holding the dead body of Jesus Christ. The Vietnamese name of the statue is ‘Loi Ru Cuoi Cung’ (The Last Lullaby). The statue takes the form of a mother embracing a little child, whose eyes are closed and whose hands are slightly clenched against his body, as if protecting him from the outside world. Cast in bronze, the 150kg sculpture is 70cm wide and 150cm high, resting on a granite base weighing 450kg. The Committee for the Establishment of a Korean-Vietnamese Peace Foundation plans to use the statue as the model to cast memorials…
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