In the heart of St. Paul, a new sculpture has drawn a lot of attention. This sculpture commemorates Suni Lee, a figure who has been influential both in the fields of art and social activism.
2. Suni Lee: An extraordinary woman
Suni Lee, born as Sunisa Phabsomphou on March 9, 2003, is an artistic gymnast of Hmong American descent. She clinched the title of the 2020 Olympic all-around champion and also secured a bronze medal in the uneven bars event. Lee was a key part of the teams that bagged gold at the 2019 World Championships and silver at the 2020 Summer Olympics. She has been a part of the U.S. women’s national gymnastics team six times and holds the distinction of being the first Hmong-American Olympian. With a tally of six world championship and Olympic medals, she shares the position of the tenth most decorated American female gymnast alongside Gabby Douglas, Kim Zmeskal, Kyla Ross, and Rebecca Bross.
3. The unveiling of the Suni Lee sculpture
The Suni Lee sculpture was unveiled in a public square in downtown São Paulo. The unveiling attracted a large audience, including artists, historians, politicians and the general public. The unveiling of this sculpture is not only an affirmation of Li Shuni’s glory, but also a tribute to the art and history of the city of São Paulo.
The unveiling of the Suni Lee sculpture in St. Paul is a kind of respect and commemoration of this great woman. This sculpture is not only a symbol of art, but also a witness of history. It will stand forever in São Paulo, reminding us to remember Li Shuni’s contribution, and reminding us that art and history are our common heritage.