A dedication ceremony will be held on Saturday at Hermann Park in downtown Houston to mark the erection in the park of the statue, jointly donated by the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Houston and the local Chinese community.
"2009 marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of Sino-U.S. diplomatic relationships, the 60th anniversary of the founding of the P. R. China, and the 2,560th anniversary of Great Confucius," U.S. Judge Ed Emmett said a proclamation on the statue dated Aug.27.
The news release quoted the county judge as saying that "Confucius, an ancient Chinese educator and thinker, dedicated his whole life to creating an ideal society of peace, prosperity, orderliness, and mutual love -- while emphasizing personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice, and sincerity."
This life-size bronze statue will serve as a token of goodwill and friendship between the Chinese and American peoples, the county judge explained his diction.
Confucius (551-479 BC) was the most famous and prominent ancient Chinese educator, thinker and philosopher whose teachings are so well known and respected around the world.
The Great Confucius Statue at Herman Park is the work of renown sculptor Willy Wang, an American Emmy Rewards winner who immigrated from China and has created works such as the sculpture of George R. Brown in Discovery Green and Bill Hobby in the State Capitol.
"Therefore, I, Ed Emmett, County Judge of Harris County, Texas, hereby proclaim Saturday, September 26, 2009, as Great Confucius Sculpture Day in Harris County, and extend best wishes for an enjoyable and inspiring dedication," the county judge said in the sealed proclamation to all the citizens.
Harris County is located in the U.S. state of Texas, covering 27 cities including the most area of the city of Houston. The county had an estimated population of 4 million in 2008, almost doubling that of 2.2 million in the city of Houston, making it the most populous county in Texas and the third most populous county in the United States.
Mayor of city of Houston, Bill White, and Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, have both sent congratulating letters to the organizers of the dedication ceremony, saying that Great Confucius Statue is the most generous gift to the city and the state as well as to the Sino-U.S. relations.
"On behalf of the city of Houston, I thank you for the very generous gift of a bronze sculpture of Great Confucius to the citizens of Houston to be dedicated and placed in the Hermann Park International Sculpture Garder," White wrote. "This year marks the30th anniversary of the renewal of Sino-American relations. I can think of no more fitting time to dedicate this statue and to celebrate and honor the ongoing and steadfast relationships our city has with China and its many citizens who reside in Houston."
Governor Perry echoed the theme, pointing out to the fact that the United States and China has worked to foster "strong economic and trade ties, international cooperation and unity in our strength and dedication to mutual prosperity."
"As you commemorate his (Confucius) life and teachings, you also celebrate the relationship the United States and China has worked to develop over the years. In the decades to come, this relationship will continue to be the world's most significant, as our nations continue to work in collaboration toward common goals of prosperity, strength and peace," he predicted.