Title: Eight Militiawomen Jumping Into The River
Size: 1700 x 300 x 800 cm
Collaborators: Yu Jinyuan, Si Tu Zhaoguang, Cao Hunsheng, and Sun Jiabo
The monumental sculpture of Eight Militiawomen Jumping Into The River portrays a true story. In 1937, the Japanese Fascist Army invaded the Northeast province of China. Chinese people resisted with rage. A team of eight militiawomen were surrounded by the Japanese army. Their ammunition gone, they would not surrender and they would not be insulted. Instead they all choose to throw themselves into the river. Zhang collaborated with four other sculptors to sculpt this piece: Yu Jinyuan, Si Tu Zhaoguang, Cao Hunsheng, and Sun Jiabo, all professors of the Central Academy of Fine Arts. The large monument stands in impressive grandeur beside the Mu Dan river in the Northeast province of China where the eight militiawomen died. People will cherish the memory of them forever.