Fiji


Following their display in Chicago and Washington of the United States, the landscape sculptures of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games toured Suva, the capital of Fiji.

The exhibition was held from Dec.7-11 in the South Pacific nation at the invitation of the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee.

A total of 110 exhibits were on display. They were chosen from the works of sculptors from 25 countries and regions and over 20 provinces and municipalities of China.

Thousands of local people went to the exhibition.

Rata Peni Volavola, mayor of Suva, said Fijian people are very pleased to share the exhibition of the Olympic sculptures.

“I’m sure that the exhibition has inspired the athletes and even the entire population of Fiji up to the Beijing Olympics,” said Volavola.
 
(Xinhua News Agency December 13, 2007)

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Beijing Olympic sculpture exhibition opens in Fiji capital
Scene of the opening ceremony

(BEIJING, December 11) — Following their display in Chicago and Washington of the United States, the landscape sculptures of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games are now on display in Suva, the capital of Fiji.

Over 100 people attended the exhibition’s opening ceremony on December 7, 2007, including the mayor of Suva; the Chinese ambassador to Fiji; the president of the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee; and a representative of BOCOG (Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad). Fiji’s Foreign Minister and Papua New Guinea’s ambassador to Fiji also attended the ceremony.

Beijing Olympic sculpture exhibition opens in Fiji capital
A Fiji official takes the floor. 

The exhibition is being held at the invitation of the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee. A total of 110 exhibits are on display and were chosen from the works of sculptors from 25 countries and over 20 provinces and municipalities of China.The organizers held the most prestigious welcome ceremony led by local tribal heads. Mighty guards were positioned along both sides of the Suva Citizen Center. Local Chinese groups also held traditional Chinese art performances.

Beijing Olympic sculpture exhibition opens in Fiji capital
Traditional welcome ceremony held by local Fijians

Fiji is a transport hub in the South Pacific region. China and Fiji have had good relations. Premier Wen Jiabao paid an official visit to the country last April, bringing vitality into the bilateral relationship.

Beijing Olympic sculpture exhibition opens in Fiji capital
Scene of the opening ceremony

  

In his welcoming speech, Rata Peni Volavola, mayor of Suva, said, “As a small country, we are very pleased to share the exhibition of the Olympic sculptures. I hope that the exhibition will inspire the athletes and even the entire population of Fuji.”

Beijing Olympic sculpture exhibition opens in Fiji capital
A Fiji guard besides an Olympic sculpture

http://en.beijing2008.cn   Official Website of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games

 

Beijing Olympic sculptures come to Capital

4 October 2007

Beijing Olympic sculptures come to Capital


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The Five Elements *******The Beijing Olympic Games – or at least the 2008 Olympic Landscape Sculpture Contest Exhibition – come to Wellington on Friday 12 October.

The exhibition, in the Michael Fowler Centre’s Renouf Foyer, is free and runs until Monday 15 October. It then goes to Fiji and Chicago.

Inspired by the immortal sculptures of ancient Athens, the Beijing Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (BOCOG) organised an international competition in 2005. Artists from around the world were invited to submit their sculpture designs, depicting some aspect of the Olympic Games or the Olympic Movement. More than 2000 entries from 90 countries were received.


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Colossus the Olympic*******

In 2006 the exhibition was formed after a panel of judges selected their 110 favourite pieces. After its tour to major cities with an Olympic connection, the judges will award 29 of these sculptures with gold, silver and bronze medals. They will be shown at various Beijing sites during next year’s Games.

Derek Fry, Wellington City Council’s Director of City Services and Events, says Wellington is fortunate to host the exhibition. “We’d like to thank the Beijing Organising Committee and the New Zealand Olympic Committee for helping bring us this unique exhibition. These works are a visual treat, and convey the Olympic spirit.”

>From the earthy energy of The Five Elements to the gravitas of Colossus the Olympic, the works will impress people. Finely wrought in high-quality materials such as copper and bronze, the sculptures have a substantial heft (weighing on average more than 50kg) and presence. In various styles, they are full of imagination, demonstrating the themes of peace, friendship, competition, harmony and progress.

Pierre de Coubertin founded the modern Olympic Movement in 1894, recognising the value that sport could play in developing the “Body, Will and Mind”. Cultural activities and competitions have remained an integral part of the Olympic Movement and, in particular, art with an Olympic dimension has been exhibited at Olympic Games since 1912.

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