(SACRAMENTO , September 11)  –  Sacramento will play host to the Award Winners of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Landscape Sculpture Competition when the International Tour opens at the Convention Center October 9, 2008.  Inspired by the sculptures of ancient Athens, the Beijing Olympic Landscape Sculpture Exhibition brings images of the Olympic Movement to the world, visiting cities from the five continents. Each sculpture also reflects the essence and the universal values of the Olympic spirit – unity, friendship, progress, harmony, participation and dreams. After a nation-wide tour beginning on Olympic Day – 23 June – this year in Beijing, the exhibition started its international kick-off in London, host city of the next edition of summer Olympic Games in 2012, then traveling to cities that have already hosted the Games, such as Athens, Seoul, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Barcelona, Rome and Sydney, passing through other cities like New York, Los Angeles, Wellington, and the Olympic Capital, Lausanne, with a stay in the Olympic Museum.   On display in Sacramento will be approximately half of the 110 sculptures that comprise the International Tour of Finalists in contention for 29 gold, silver and bronze medals to be awarded in Beijing for the 29th Olympiad.  In China the winning artists will oversee enlargement of their works to monumental size for display throughout Olympic venues.Sacramento Mayor Heather Fargo will head the host committee that will welcome Beijing Olympic Games delegates and dignitaries, local officials, Olympic athletes and sponsors to the opening ceremonies and activities related to this prestigious event.Other honored guests will include the three American finalists featured in the International Tour of Award Winners, Edward Eyth, Carole Turner, and the team of Asherah Cinnamon/ Scott Fuller.This International Tour is the culmination of a vast program organized by the Beijing games Organizing Committee. The first stage of the project was to collect designs for “landscape sculptures” from around the globe. With the participation of 90 countries, 290 designs from the five continents were selected by a panel of 17 international judges from a total of 2,433. The short-listed works were identified, then reproduced in triplicate in the appropriate materials (bronze, stainless steel, aluminum, etc.), to allow for several exhibitions simultaneously in China and abroad.Among the 290 short-listed designs were 10 Americans: Edward Eyth, Carole Turner, Asherah Cinnamon/Scott Fuller, along with Mark & Diane Weisbeck, Robert LaRocca, Shray, Wanxin Zhang, Kirovsolomon Kiril Vanessa, Orlay Gutierrez, and Shi-Jia Chen.

The Sacramento Convention Center Opening Ceremonies will take place October 9 at 5 p.m.

It is planned that a number of the sculptures from the Convention Center will be moved to the Art Foundry Gallery after October 11 for events there, including a private sponsor reception to take place October 12. Shray will have a sculpture on display at this location and at related Art Foundry events.

All events in Sacramento are scheduled to conclude October 22, 2007.

The Sacramento Convention Center is located at 1400 “J” Street. Hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. This is a free event.

The Art Foundry Gallery is located at 1021 “R” Street, Sacramento. Hours vary.

Directory of ARTISTS (& Artist websites) 

of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Landscape Sculpture Exhibition 

as listed in “OLYMPIC SCULPTURE, Catalogue of Works” 



Finalists from UNITED KINGDOM: 

ALAN WATERS  http://www.alanwaters.artroof.com 

 Finalists from UNITED STATES:

EDWARD EYTH   http://www.edwardeyth.com 

CAROLE TURNER   http://turnerstudio.com 

ASHERAH CINNAMON   http://www.asherahcinnamon.com

& SCOTT FULLER  http://www.sjcme.edu/academics/fuller/htm

 Finalists from VENEZUELA:



Beijing Olympic Sculpture
Exhibition Visits Atlanta
Trevor Williams – Reporter
Atlanta – 01.11.08

This sculpture, titled “Olympic Flame,” was crafted by artists in China’s Jilin province and chosen as one of nearly 300 winners from a pool of more than 2,400 entries.  View the full gallery of photos here on Web a site hosted by China.org.

A traveling exhibition of 110 individually designed landscape sculptures promoting the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games will make its first stop of the new year at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park

An opening ceremony for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Landscape Sculpture International Tour is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday to kick off the exhibition’s 10-day stay in Georgia from Jan. 11-20.

When the exhibition made its first U.S. showing last month in Washington, Zhou Wenzhong, China’s ambassador to the U.S., hailed it as a symbol of the cultural understanding fostered by the games.

“I hope that this tour exhibition can serve as a medium that brings American and Chinese people closer together on promoting the optimistic, positive and healthy spirit of the Olympic Games,” Mr. Zhou said in a press release.

Qiao Hong, China’s consul general in Houston, is expected to make another trip to Atlanta to speak at the event, and city and state officials will be on hand to help spark the latest in a series of Olympic ties with Beijing.

As the host city for the 1996 summer Olympic Games, Atlanta has been one of many cities advising Beijing in its preparation for the Olympics, particularly with regard to security and operating efficiency in the airport.

This year’s Olympics, through which many believe China aims to declare its validity as a world superpower, have planted the Asian nation firmly in the international spotlight.  The entries in the sculpture exhibition underwent comparable international scrutiny on their way to Atlanta.

The design contest began Aug. 8, 2005, three years to the day before the opening ceremony of the Beijing Games.  More than 2,400 designs were submitted from artists representing 90 countries, and 290 were chosen by a panel of 17 experts from Austria, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, the U.S. and other countries.

After a June 2007 unveiling in the Chinese capital, the nearly 300 exhibits visited cities throughout China.

Before the international tour began, the list of traveling sculptures was whittled to 110, and two replicas of each were made so that the three sets could make simultaneous exhibitions in cities across the globe. 


Beijing 2008 Olympic Landscape Sculpture

Exhibition brings Olympic Spirit Downtown 

Touring the world since June 2007, the Beijing 2008 Olympic Landscape Sculpture Exhibition is making its first stop of 2008 in Atlanta’s own Centennial Olympic Park. Hosted by the Association of Chinese Professionals Atlanta (ACP-Atlanta) and the Atlanta Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), the exhibition will be located on the Park’s Fountain of Rings Plaza from Jan. 11 – 20, 2008.
The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games, China Artists Association and other organizations initiated the 2008 Olympic Landscape Sculpture Designs Contest and Exhibition on Aug. 8, 2005 as a three-year countdown celebration for the 2008 Games. Artists from around the world were invited to submit sculpture designs depicting Olympic themes. Among 2,400 unique entries submitted from sculptors from over 90 countries, 290 pieces were selected for the tour made of bronze, iron, aluminum, stainless steel and various other materials.
After its Beijing debut on International Olympic Day, June 23, 2007, the exhibition visited many Olympic host cities including London, Athens, Seoul, Los Angeles, Rome, Tokyo, Barcelona and Sydney. The exhibition brings an international cultural exchange and represents the Spirit of the Olympic Games, promoting peace, friendship, competition, harmony and progress. Wenzhong Zhou, ambassador of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China said, “This Olympic Landscape Sculpture Traveling Exhibition fully illustrates the People’s Olympic concept that combines Chinese culture and the Spirit of Olympic Games.
I hope that this exhibition can serve as a medium that brings American and Chinese people closer together on promoting the optimistic, positive and healthy spirit of Olympic Games.
The opening ceremony for the exhibition is at 11 a.m. on Jan. 11, 2008 in the Park, where the general consul of the People’s Republic of China in Houston, local city and state governmental officials, media, members of the organizing committee for the Beijing Olympic Landscape Sculpture Exhibition and leaders of other sponsoring organizations will be present and giving speeches. The ceremony will also feature entertainment including traditional Chinese dancing and a ribbon-cutting. Please RSVP to nrateau@centennialpark.com or 404.223.4090 if you plan to attend. www.centennialpark.com


A lasting legacy of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Centennial Olympic Park has become a performing-arts venue, community gathering-space and an anchor for downtown development. The Georgia World Congress Center Authority operates the 21-acre Park, as well as the Georgia Dome and Georgia World Congress Center. The three state-owned facilities are one of the largest combined sports, entertainment and convention center facilities in the world.


– At Navy Pier Wednesday, it was the unveiling of sculptures inspired by the spirit of the Olympic games. Pieces of art from around the world are here in Chicago as an artistic preview of the Olympics next summer in Beijing, China.

It wasn’t about Chicago and 2016. This is all inspired by the games next summer. First Lady Maggie Daley stopped by to get a close look at what is called the “Beijing Olympic Landscape Sculpture Exhibition.” It’s the story of art and Olympic athletes.”Simply the message is that the Olympics isn’t just about sports. When the Olympics were started in 1896, the modern games, the idea was to include art the whole time. But unfortunately, it fell by the wayside 60 years ago,” said Tudor Clee, who helped organize the sculpture exhibition.

So this showing of 51 sculptures from around the world is designed to change that and make art a medal winner next year in Beijing. This all started out as a contest with more than 2,000 entries from 90 countries. They are the finalists in this Olympic spirit competition.

“Olympics is connecting people to share in one people. So Olympics should be more than just two weeks every four years,” said Shien Joe, Beijing Organizing Committee of Games.

The exhibit has already visited 30 cities and is scheduled for five more countries around the world before it ends up in Beijing next summer before the Olympics. It’s sort of a passing of the art baton around the world.

Though it’s not about Chicago in 2016, you couldn’t help talk about it.

“We like to think this, this sculpture exhibition is a bridge linking Beijing and Chicago,” said Joe.

The free exhibit is open to the public at Navy Pier through November 3, and you can vote on your favorites and help pick the gold, silver and bronze winners for next summer’s Olympics.


Oliver Voight 

(SACRAMENTO, Oct. 12) — The Sculpture collection heralded as one of the highlights of the cultural activities leading to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games has come to Sacramento.

A crowd of people filled the Convention Center Tuesday night to preview the Beijing Olympic Landscape Sculpture International Exhibition of Award Winners displayed throughout the lobby and main floor of the building.  Lion dancers opened the ceremonies before Mayor Heather Fargo addressed the assembled guests.  An extensive list of dignitaries were introduced, including Beijing Olympics Organizing Committee delegates, Host Committee members, Olympic athletes and artists.  Finally, Professor Xikun Yuan, Director of the Organizing Committee of the 2008 Olympic Landscape Sculpture Designs Contest, spoke of Olympic ideals and global harmony through art.

The competition, documented as “the largest solicitation for sculptures in Olympic history,” attracted more than 2400 design proposals from artists representing 90 countries.  Since early 2006, the careful evaluation by an international panel of 17 experts from the U.K., Russia, Italy, Germany, Austria, U.S. and South Korea winnowed the 2433 entries to 386, then to 290 deemed “Excellent Works” and, from this group, the current 110 were chosen for the International Tour exhibitions.  These award-winning designs were reproduced in triplicate to allow for simultaneous exhibitions.

At the conclusion of the tour, in a nationally televised ceremony in China, 29 sculptures, symbolic of the 29th Olympiad, will be awarded gold, silver and bronze medals.  These sculptures will be installed, many in monumental size, throughout the Beijing Olympic environment. 

Just three Americans remain in contention and were awarded places on the International Exhibition Tour.  As listed in the official publication, “OLYMPICS AND SCULPTURE, Catalogue of Works For The 2008 Olympic Landscape Sculpture International Tour Exhibition,” the winners are Edward Eyth of California, the partnership of Asherah Cinnamon and Scott Fuller of Maine, and Carole Turner of Oregon.

Scott Fuller and Carole Turner were in Sacramento for the opening reception and Edward Eyth and Asherah Cinnamon were expected to arrive later in the week for a ceremony at the State Capitol.  Californian Shray Friedman, one of the 10 U.S. artists in the “Excellent Works” category, displayed the scupture that inspired her contest entry.

At a reception for the Host Committee and honored guests, Professor Yuan was presented with a  small sculpture of a young Chinese gymnast, a “study” for Ms. Turner’s Olympic sculpture, “Rhythmic Dancer.”

Internationally acclaimed painter and sculptor, Director of the Jintai Museum in Beijing, and recipient of the United States Academy’s Sports Artist of the Year 2008, a book has been published about the art and life of Xikun Yuan.  Professor Yuan personalized copies of the book and presented them to members of the Host Committee as the reception came to a close.

While the Sacramento exhibition includes approximately half of the 110 sculptures that comprise the International Tour Collection, it is an impressive display of international talent, sculptural styles, and interpretation of Olympism.  The Collection has been shown at the International Olympic Committee Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, and cities such as London, Seoul, Rome, Los Angeles and Barcelona.  The next U.S. exhibition will take place in Chicago (Oct. 23 – Nov. 3).  And a special United Nations exhibition is planned for December 2007 or January 2008.  Don’t miss the opportunity to view this Collection before it heads back to China.

The Beijing Olympic Sculpture exibition is open to the public October 10 – 22, Sacramento Convention Center, 14 & J Streets, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily.  Admission is free.

Asia Pacific Journal

(CHICAGO, Oct. 12) — Chicago’s historic Navy Pier is preparing to host the 2008 Beijing Olympic Landscape Sculpture Exhibition later this month.  The 110 Finalist Designs Award Winners, which have been traveling around the world, will be on view October 23 through November 3. 

This extraordinary exhibition has traveled to major cities in China and internationally since mid-2006. It arrived in the United States in July 2007 with shows in Los Angeles and a current show in Sacramento.  The final U.S. show will take place at the United Nations in New York.  The Olympic Landscape Sculpture International Exhibition is one of the highlights of the ongoing Olympic cultural activities in advance of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.  Sponsored by the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG), the exhibition aims to bring the essence of Olympic spirit to China and the world by presenting a wide range of Olympic-inspired works of art. 

The art extravaganza began on August 8, 2005 with calls to artists to submit designs for Olympic sculpture.  Months later, 2433 proposed designs had been received from close to 90 countries.  A panel of international judges evaluated the designs and recognized 290 proposals as standing out in terms of design and impact.  Models of these selected designs were sent by the artists to China where they were cast in bronze, iron, aluminum, stainless steel and other raw materials.  Three copies were made of each winning entry to enable the exhibition to be shown simultaneously in different cities around the world.
  This project, which aims to spread Olympic spirit and to translate the meaning of the “People’s Olympics” motto into true mass public involvement, has been received enthusiastically in each city that it has visited and viewers are encouraged to vote for their favorite sculptures.   

In the last round of judging, expert opinion, along with public votes, narrowed the winners to 110 designs.  Ultimately, 29 sculptures, symbolizing the 29th Olympiad, will be awarded gold, silver and bronze medals and the winning sculptures will become part of the urban landscape in Beijing to commemorate the Beijing Olympic Games.  

Navy Pier is located on Lake Michigan, just East of Chicago’s Downtown and has been a Chicago landmark since it opened in 1916.  It boasts 50 acres of parks, promenades, gardens, shops, eateries and attractions.  

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