A 2.5-metre bronze statue of former Chinese revolutionary leader Sun Yat-sen was unveiled in Central yesterday to celebrate the 140th anniversary of his birth. Unlike most images, which depict Sun after he joined the revolution to oust the Qing dynasty, the new statue at the Sun Yat-sen Museum on Castle Road portrays him as a young student in Hong Kong. With his right hand holding two books - one Chinese and one western - and his left hand lifting his long gown, he is shown walking with determination. 'The two books represent the fact that he was reading extensively and was well versed in Chinese and western cultures,' said sculptor Chu Tat-shing, who spent almost a year crafting the statue. Chu said that capturing Sun walking was a way to indicate that he rushed through life. The artist said that he depicted Sun in his youth because he received his secondary and tertiary education in Hong Kong. Sun had repeatedly said that he nourished his revolutionary thoughts in Hong Kong. 'Through this statue, I am attempting to show how the energetic and aspiring young Dr Sun searched for the means for the salvation of China.'