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This island was created to honor the memory of Avatar Aang, who had played a pivotal role in restoring peace and balance to the world by ending the Hundred Year War and creating the United Republic of Nations.
During 170 ASC, after Korra aided Tarrlok and his task force with an assault on an Equalists training base, she publicly challenged the Equalist leader, Amon, to a duel on Aang Memorial Island at midnight. When the clock on the island struck midnight, Amon was not there. Korra eventually gave up the wait, believing Amon had not accepted her challenge. However, as she was leaving, she was assaulted and dragged into the museum underneath the statue by several Equalists. Korra managed to fight some of them off by raising part of the ground with her earthbending, but she was soon overpowered by their numbers and immobilized by chi blockers. When the Avatar regained consciousness, Amon emerged from the shadows and told her that he had a plan that would eradicate the world of benders and that he was saving her for last. After Amon knocked Korra unconscious, she had a vision of Avatar Aang for the first time.
After the Equalists attacked Republic City, they defiled Aang's statue by propping a gargantuan mask similar to the one worn by Amon onto it, as well as hanging Equalist banners from the statue's staff. Later, when the Equalists were using their biplanes to destroy the United Forces battleships, General Iroh crashed one of the biplanes into the statue's head, knocking off the mask and causing it to fall into the bay.
Avatar Aang Memorial Statue Edit
The statue is located on a small island off the shores of Republic City. It depicts a teenage Aang dressed in traditional Air Nomad attire, with the accompanying necklace he wore when Fire Lord Zuko announced the war's end at his coronation. The figure holds a staff with its left hand with the airbending symbol at the upper end, and its left foot rests on a slightly higher surface in the form of a lotus flower. The pedestal on which its other foot stands is an octagon with an upturned tip at each vertex surrounded by railings, leaving an opening at the back of the sculpture, where a paifang gate connects the pedestal with a road linking the island to a dock.
The base of the monument serves as a museum. The museum contains numerous relics from the past Avatars. Also, the museum happens to be the location the Equalists and Amon ambushed Avatar Korra. A large clock is located on the base of the statue, directly above the entrance to the museum.
- Aang's statue and its role as a symbol of peace between the four nations resemble the Statue of Liberty; a gift from France to the United States that was constructed to commemorate the centennial of American independence.
- When Amon captured Korra on the island and threatened to remove her bending, he interestingly did so in a museum dedicated to the importance of the Avatars themselves.
- On the outer ring of the clock are the Chinese numerals one to twelve, indicating the hours. The inner ring is inscribed with unknown characters written in the archaic Seal Script form.
- Aang's statue is the fifth monument shown to be dedicated to a single Avatar, the first being Avatar Kyoshi's statue on Kyoshi Island, the second being Roku's in the sanctuary at the Fire Temple, and the third and fourth being Yangchen's statues in the Eastern and Western Air Temples.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Welcome to Republic City. Nickelodeon (April 6, 2012). Retrieved on April 6, 2012.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Development art of the Avatar Aang statue.. Korra Nation on Tumblr (February 29, 2012). Retrieved on February 29, 2012.
- ↑ "The Voice in the Night". Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko (writers) & Joaquim Dos Santos, Ki Hyun Ryu (directors). The Legend of Korra. Nickelodeon. April 28, 2012. No. 4, Book One: Air
- ↑ "Endgame". Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko (writers) & Joaquim Dos Santos, Ki Hyun Ryu (directors). The Legend of Korra. Nickelodeon. June 23, 2012. No. 12, Book One: Air