Re: Statues in Vietnam: a study in disrepair
There should be little problem with using "waste bronze" if the material is selected carefully. Many or even most bronze sculptures cast in the Western world before 1900, or even the 1920's to 1940's, probably were made of such "scrap". And copper alloys almost always turn a greenish or bluish color with time. Realistically, this should be accepted, or administrative plans should be laid for regular maintenance.
This piece is a matter of national pride, and that's doubtlesss the source of complaints. However, my main criticism is with the form. It's a relatively late example of Soviet era heavy-handedness in "herioc" figuration, and I find almost all of that stuff esthetically boring.