2008 BEIJING OLYMPIC LANDSCAPE SCULPTURE COMPETITION 

THE 2008 BEIJING OLYMPIC LANDSCAPE SCULPTURE TRAVELING EXHIBITION, COMPRISED OF ONE HUNDRED TEN SCULPTURES WITH A SPORTING AND OLYMPIC CONNOTATION, IS NOW ON TOUR INTERNATIONALLY. SINCE ITS DEBUT ON “INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC DAY,” JUNE 23, 2007, IN THE WANGFUJING AREA OF BEIJING, THE OLYMPIC LANDSCAPE SCULPTURE TRAVELING EXHIBITION HAS TOURED TIANJIN, XIAMEN, CHANGCHUN, LANZHOU, ZI’AN, ZHENGAHOU, TAIYUAN, SHIJIAZHUANG, NANNING, NINGBO, SHENZHEN, GUANGZHOU, MACAO, HONGKONG, LONDON, SEOUL AND LOS ANGELES . IT IS CURRENTLY SPECTACULARLY DISPLAYED IN LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND, DECORATING THE OLYMPIC MUSEUM’S PARK, ENTRANCE, HALL AND TERRACES.

THIS EXIBITION IS PART OF A VAST PROGRAM ENTITLED THE “COLLECTED 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES THEMED LANDSCAPE SCULPTURE CONTEST,” WHICH IS BEING ORGANIZED AT THE INITIATIVE OF ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS THE BEIJING GAMES ORGANIZING COMMITTEE (BOCOG).

THE FIRST STAGE OF THE PROJECT WAS TO COLLECT “LANDSCAPE SCULPTURES” FROM AROUND THE GLOBE. WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF 90 COUNTRIES, 290 PROJECTS FROM THE FIVE CONTINENTS WERE SELECTED FROM A TOTAL OF 2,433.

THE SHORT-LISTED WORKS WERE IDENTIFIED, THEN REPRODUCED WITH THE APPROPRIATE MATERIALS (BRONZE, STAINLESS STEEL, ALUMINUM, ETC.) IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO OPEN SEVERAL EXHIBTIONS SIMULTANEOULSY. THE AIM OF THIS IS TO PROMOTE THE ACTIVITIES LINKED TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES AND STRENGTHEN CULTURAL LINKS, THUS SHOWING THE WORLD A NEW CULTURAL IMAGE OF CHINA.

ONE HUNDRED TEN DESIGNS WERE CHOSEN FROM THE 290 FINALISTS TO BE PART OF THE INTERNATIONAL TOUR AND ARE DOCUMENTED IN A THE BEAUTIFUL PUBLICATION: “OLYMPICS AND SCULPTURE, CATALOG OF WORKS FOR THE 2008 OLYMPIC LANDSCAPE SCULPTURE INTERNATIONAL TOUR EXIBITION.”

AT THE CLOSE OF THE EXHIBITION IN LAUSANNE, IT WILL MOVE ON TO ROME, ITALY. THE U.S. TOUR IS EXPTECTED TO TRAVEL TO THE UNITED NATIONS IN NEW YORK FOR AN EXHIBITION LATE 2007. THE THIRD EDITION OF THIS TOUR IS IN BEIJING, WHERE IT WAS FEATURED AT THE CHINA MILLENIUM MONUMENT FOR THE GRAND FESTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE ONE YEAR COUNTDOWN TO THE AUGUST 8, 2008 OPENING OF THE 29TH OLYMPIAD.

THE INTERNATIONAL TOUR WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE END OF 2007, CULMINATING WITH THE SELECTION OF 29 DESIGNS FOR REALIZATION IN OLYMPIC VENUES AND THE AWARD OF 29 OLYMPIC MEDALS.

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