As Seattle becomes a truly world class city in the 21st Century, we must do more than celebrate our current heroes. Our city has a much deeper cultural history than many of its own residents even recognize.
Before he was an international movie star, Bruce Lee was an Asian-American man living in the Pacific Northwest. He is buried in Seattle with his son because of the happy times spent here. Other than his gravesite, we have nothing to commemorate his presence.
By installing life size images of Bruce Lee on our streets, we want to restart the conversation of what his legend means to the Northwest.
By portraying Bruce Lee as the real person he was, in real places he lived and worked, we want to both humanize this 20th century icon and to reclaim him for Seattle.
This project, 'Operation Little Dragon' was installed with the utmost respect to the community, but it was not done legally. Bruce Lee spent his life breaking down barriers and uniting people. His legacy needs to be celebrated in Seattle -- we'd like to think he would have understood our methods in trying to do so.
'Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it.'
(music by Seattle rap group 'Blue Scholars)