INTERNATIONAL TOUR


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


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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. 

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Directory of ARTISTS (& Artist websites) 

of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Landscape Sculpture Exhibition 

as listed in “OLYMPIC SCULPTURE, Catalogue of Works” 

FINLAND * FRANCE * GEORGIA * GERMANY

 

Finalists from FINLAND: 

PETRI KIVINIEMI   http://www.saunalahti.fi/pkivin3

 Finalists from FRANCE:

JOEL STRILL  http://www.strill.fr/accueil_uk.htm

AGNES BOGAERT  http://agnes.bogaert.free.fr/

ALINE GIBERTIE  http://artaline.monsite.orange.fr

Finalists from GOERGIA:

ALEKSANDRE GELASHVILI

  Finalists from GERMANY:

   CHRISTOPH TRAUB http://christoph-traub.de/index.html

Directory of ARTISTS (& Artist websites) 

of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Landscape Sculpture Exhibition 

as listed in “OLYMPIC SCULPTURE, Catalogue of Works” 

COLOMBIA * CUBA * CYPRUS * CZECH REPUBLIC * DENMARK

 

Finalists from COLOMBIA: 

GERMAN BOTERO 

 Finalists from CUBA:

GOMEZ MIGUEL MARIANO

Finalists from CYPRUS:

PHILIPPOS YIAPANIS  http://www.yiapanis-sculptor.com/

  Finalists from CZECH REPUBLIC:

   JAN EDUARD SPANIHEL

Finalists from DENMARK:  

JESPER DE NEERGAARD

ULRIK VINTERSBORG

Directory of ARTISTS (& Artist websites) 

of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Landscape Sculpture Exhibition 

as listed in “OLYMPIC SCULPTURE, Catalogue of Works” 

BENGAL * BULGARIA * CANADA * CHILE

 

Finalists from BENGAL: 

ALAK ROY  http://www.sculpture.org/portfolio/sculptorPage.php?sculptor_id=1000519  

 Finalists from BULGARIA:

PETRE PETROV   http://www.petrepetrov.com/plovdiv_sy.html 

Finalists from CANADA:

RUTH ABERNATHY  http://www.ruthabernethy.com  

Finalists from CHILE:

   ALEJANDRA RUDDOFF

  

Directory of ARTISTS (& Artist websites) 

of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Landscape Sculpture Exhibition 

as listed in “OLYMPIC SCULPTURE, Catalogue of Works” 

ALBANIA * ARGENTINA * AUSTRALIA * BELGIUM


 
 

Finalists from ALBANIA:  

GENTI TAVANXHIU

 Finalists from ARGENTINA:

GLORIA ACHUCARRO  http://www.achucarro.com.ar/

Finalists from AUSTRALIA:

PAUL JOHNSON  http://www.pauljohnsonsculpture.com/

Finalists from BELGIUM:

   COLETTE GOEDEFROIT

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

OTHER INFORMATION:

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.

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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