Teargas canisters billow at her feet. Her right hand holds an umbrella, the other a large black flag bearing the slogan “Free Hong Kong, revolution now” while a gas mask and goggles protect her from the surrounding smoke.

“Lady Liberty Hong Kong”, the 4m-high statue created by an anonymous group formed on the internet, serves not only as a symbol of Hong Kong’s nearly four months of antigovernment protests, but also the upswell of creativity in a city best known for finance and skyscrapers.

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