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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” 

UNITED KINGDOM * UNITED STATES * VENEZUELA

 

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:

ELEONORA TUGUES 

  

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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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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

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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.

(BEIJING, November 29) — The Beijing Olympic landscape sculpture exhibition opened at George Mason University in the U.S. on November 29, 2007.

The purpose of the exhibition is to publicize the Beijing Olympic Games to the world, show the concept of “People’s Olympics,” and popularize the Olympic spirit.

The Chinese ambassador to the U.S., Zhou Wenzhong, made a speech at the opening ceremony, saying that the Olympics are the bonds that link Beijing and the world. The exhibition will deepen the American citizens’ understanding of Beijing. It provides another opportunity for cultural exchange between the Chinese and American people.

Zhou hopes people around the world will join the Chinese people to make efforts to popularize the optimistic, vigorous, healthy, and hard-working Olympic spirits.

Since BOCOG began to collect Olympic landscape sculptures globally on August 8, 2005, artists and sculptors from nearly 80 countries and regions, including the United States, submitted works.

The exhibition has been staged in Los Angeles and Chicago, attracting coverage from mainstream American media such as NBC and CBS.

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

By Catherine Ferraro
The Mason Gazette

(Washington D.C., Nov. 27) — It is not unusual to see statues or sculptures gracing the green lawns around the Fairfax Campus. However, beginning today, dozens of new pieces will be installed on the campus. The 51 sculptures by artists from around the world will represent the Olympic spirit.

Mason was chosen as the only university in the world to be an official host site for the 2008 Olympic Landscape Sculpture International Exhibition. The sculptures at Mason, which make up about half of the entire exhibition, will be on display from Thursday, Nov. 29, through Friday, Dec. 7, on the plaza between Mason Hall and the Center for the Arts.

A ribbon-cutting opening ceremony will take place on Thursday, Nov. 29, at noon on the plaza, followed by a reception in the Center for the Arts lobby. Traditional Chinese dances such as the lion dance, dragon dance, WuShu and other performances will be featured.

A delegation of representatives from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and the 2008 U.S. Olympic Committee will attend. Guang Yuan Liu, minister of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and the highest ranking member of the Chinese delegation, will participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Mason and the New World Bilingual Institute are sponsoring the exhibition. The New World Bilingual Institute provides resources and opportunities to enrich the lives of all ethnic groups and to help people of all ages to learn, understand and appreciate the Chinese and English languages and cultures.

“With the excitement of the Olympic Games coming up next year, hosting the exhibition is an interesting opportunity to call attention to our strong relationships with China,” says Mason Provost Peter Stearns. “The university is very pleased to be involved. This will provide the Mason community and the wider public an opportunity to view the interesting sculptures and think about the Olympics and China.”

The Beijing Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games organized an international competition in 2005, inviting artists from around the world to submit sculpture designs depicting themes of the Olympic Games – peace, friendship, competition, harmony and progress.

An international panel of 17 experts from Austria, Germany, Italy, Russia, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States chose 110 sculptures from more than 2,400 entries submitted from 90 countries. Made from bronze, iron, aluminum, stainless steel and other materials, the sculptures were each copied three times so the exhibition could go on simultaneous tours around the world.

A nationwide tour began on June 23, 2007 – International Olympic Day – in Beijing. Then the exhibition started its international tour in London, host city of the 2012 Olympic Games. The sculptures have since travelled to cities that have already hosted the games, such as Athens, Seoul, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Barcelona and Sydney.

“Serving as a host site for the Olympic sculptures is yet another example of George Mason University putting itself on the world map as becoming a leader in the areas of culture and the arts,” says Terry Wang, president of the New World Bilingual Institute. “As the only university in the world to host the exhibition, Mason will have the opportunity to be involved in a historic event.”

During the international tour, visitors will be able to vote for their favorite sculpture symbolizing the games of the XXIX Olympiad. These votes, together with those of the committee of art experts, will determine the best 29 out of the 110 sculptures.

At the end of this year, the sculptures will be awarded gold, silver and bronze medals and will be displayed around the Olympic venues in Beijing.

To view images of the sculptures, visit the New World Bilingual Institute web site.

 

by Lauren Williamson/Medill

(CHICAGO, Oct. 23) – Speed-skaters, swimmers and ski jumpers crowded the plaza in front of Navy Pier Tuesday as an early taste of the Beijing Olympics came to Chicago.

For once, though, the athletes were motionless.

More than 50 sculptures commemorated the 2008 summer games by capturing the spirit of these world-class sportsmen. The traveling exhibit, two years in the making, originated with entries from nearly 2,500 international artists.

“The artists from the world express their wishes for the Olympic Games with artistic language,” said Ping Huang, consul general for China in Chicago. His words underscored the assertion by Maggie Daley, wife of Mayor Daley, that artists help people to better understand the core significance of events such as the Olympics.

Robert Faluso, chief of international relations for the U.S. Olympic Committee, said hosting the exhibit was an important way for the U.S. to demonstrate its pledge to support the Beijing games.

“Culture plays a very important role in that success,” he said, “and we are excited about showing our commitment to the cultural aspect of the Olympic movement.”

Saturating the program was Chicago’s continued push to host the 2016 summer games.

“Chicago is a city that, in my opinion, lives the Olympic ideals,” Daley said. “We are a very diverse city with residents of every nationality, but we all work together and treat everyone with respect.”

Before coming to Chicago, seven other cities, including Barcelona, Seoul and Los Angeles, hosted the sculptures. New York City is the next scheduled exhibition site.

Visitors to the show can vote for their favorite sculptures to determine the final 29 to be displayed in Tiananmen Square during the 2008 games. The top three — awarded gold, silver and bronze medals during the actual games — will be exhibited permanently in Beijing.

Chicago 2016 and City of Chicago Host Beijing Olympic Sculpture Exhibit
Exhibition on Display Oct. 23-Nov. 3 at Navy Pier’s Gateway Park


by Nicole Saunches – U.S. Olympic Committee

(Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct. 23)  – Beginning today, Gateway Park at Chicago’s Navy Pier will play host to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Landscape Sculpture Exhibition. Models of the top 110 sculptures were cast in bronze, iron, aluminum, stainless steel and other raw materials and approximately 80 will be on view Oct. 23 through Nov. 3. The outdoor exhibition, which is free to the public, is a messenger of the Olympic spirit.

Inspired by the immortal sculptures of ancient Athens, the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) organized an international competition in 2005. On Aug. 8, 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 2,000 entries from over 80 countries were received and in 2006 a panel of judges narrowed the submitted sculpture designs to 110 finalists, including 10 designs submitted by American artists.

Today at 12 p.m., an opening ceremony unveiling the exhibition will take place at Gateway Park and will feature a line and dragon dance, red ribbon cutting ceremony and remarks from Maggie Daley, the first lady of the City of Chicago, the Consul General of China, and representatives from BOCOG and the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Sponsored by BOCOG, the exhibition aims to bring the essence of Olympic spirit to the world by presenting a wide range of Olympic-inspired works of art. The exhibition began traveling around the world in mid-2006 and first arrived in the United States in July 2007. Cities the exhibition has been on display include: Barcelona, Spain; London, England; Sydney, Australia; Seoul, South Korea; Rome, Italy; Lausanne, Switzerland and Los Angeles, Calif., USA. It is also slated to travel to New York City later this year.

The exhibition will be on display in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square during the Olympic Games, which take place Aug. 8-24, 2008. Following the conclusion of the Olympic Games, 29 sculptures symbolizing the XXIX Olympiad will be awarded gold, silver and bronze medals. The winning sculptures will become a part of the urban landscape in Beijing to commemorate the Olympic Games.

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