They are among 10 statues of former heads of state and government on display
in the library's World Leaders exhibit. For nearly 20 years the likenesses of China's communist leaders
Mao Tse-tung and Chou En-lai have sat perfectly still in
the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda， Ca.
Soviet leaders Nikita Khrushchev and Leonid Brezhnev,
Egypt's Anwar Sadat and Israel's Golda Meir, and
France's Charles de Gaulle and Britain's Winston Churchill.
Nixon chose them before his $21-million privately funded library opened in 1990.
开馆仪式上 主人 尼克松和 另3位先后 美国总统
这组雕塑的设计和雕塑 由 爱思作坊制作 StudioEIS (pronounced "Studio Ice")
is a sculpture and design studio in Brooklyn, New York, USA.
It specializes in "visual storytelling" — the production of figurative sculpture in bronze, stone,
and resin for narrative exhibitions at cultural institutions, museums, and corporations worldwide.
A quote from Nixon on a wall explains his selections: "They are leaders who have made a difference.
Not because they wished it, but because they willed it."
From its original dedication in 1990 until becoming a federal facility on July 11, 2007,
the library and museum was operated by the private Richard Nixon Foundation and was
known as the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace.
The 9-acre (3.6 ha) campus is located at 18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard in Yorba Linda
and incorporates the Richard Nixon Birthplace, a National Historic Landmark where
Nixon was born in 1913 and spent his childhood.
The facility is now jointly operated by NARA and the Richard Nixon Foundation.
1990年7月19日开馆时 为私有私管， 2007年改由与联邦政府共有共管。
Funding to build the Nixon Library came from private sources.
The estimated cost to build the institution was $25 million.
Ground was broken by Julie Nixon Eisenhower,
daughter of President and Mrs. Nixon, in December 1988.
The original library and birthplace was officially dedicated on July 19, 1990.
Former President Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon were present,
as were President George H. W. Bush, former President Gerald Ford, f
ormer President Ronald Reagan, and first ladiesBarbara Bush, Betty Ford, and Nancy Reagan.
A crowd of 50,000 gathered for the ceremony. At the dedication, Nixon said,
"Nothing we have ever seen matches this moment–to be welcomed home again."