January 7, 2016 6:04 AM EST

A colossal legacy

A statue of Mao Zedong towers about 120 ft. (36.6 m)in China’s central Henan province on Jan. 4. Chinese media reported that donations for the megastructure of the late ruler, who died nearly 40 years ago, eclipsed $450,000.

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This appears in the January 18, 2016 issue of TIME.

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