|China Changchun International Sculpture Symposium 2001|
One of the most exciting events of my professional career as a sculptor!
monumental bronze sculpture for an urban setting - in this case the World
Sculpture Park in Changchun, the capital of Jilin Province in China, is
something I have dreamed of all my life.
A FEW PICTURES OF THE WORK IN PROGRESS
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The entire project took two months to complete. I started by modelling 10 Chinese faces in clay, approximately one and half times lifesize each. Subjects included an old beggar, Chinese-Canadian sculptor Judi Michelle Young and interpreter Lixue, below.
|Then I had moulds made (light enough to bring home to England afterwards) and created over 40 casts of these faces at different angles.|
After this, with technical advice and help from Chinese Sculptor Chen Lian Fu, I had a large, circular steel armature welded. Below, Chen Lian Fu, his assistant and I.
Using this armature I created the final Tai-Chi (or Yin Yang) shaped sculpture, which I called "East Meets West". The picture below shows the front of the sculpture nearing completion. It is 450 cm (4.5 metres) in diameter.
Chen Lian Fu and I made portraits of each other which I then placed on the rear of the sculpture along with a quote by L. Ron Hubbard about peace on earth. Below is my portrait by Chen Lian Fu. I represent the West part of the overall sculpture!
Below... in front of the plaster original "tarted up" with paint and shoe polish for the Closing Ceremony, talking with the Ambassador.
Zhang Ya Xi (the only Chinese woman sculptor at the Symposium and now a real soul-mate type friend), myself in the middle and Monsieur l'Ambassadeur de France en Chine - M. Pierre Morel
The finished "East Meets West" sculpture in bronze - Shengli Park (Changchun) prior to being relocated to its permanent home in the Changchun World Sculpture Park. Click here for detail pics of the work.
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