The “Liu Kaiqu Award” , the sculpture prize in China

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The most important award in Chinese sculpture these days, the “Liu Kaiqu Award;” it has been instituted to improve the quality of sculpture in public spaces and to stimulate the communication between Chinese and international art.

This year for the third time the Liu Kaiqu International Sculpture Exhibition is held in the Wuhu Sculpture Park in Wuhu city in east China’s Ahui Province, under the guidance of the China Sculpture Institute.  The  award is named after the Chinese sculptor Liu Kaiqu (1904-1993), founder of Chinese modern sculpture.

Last week I travelled to Wuhu and was so very happy to receive the Liu Kaiqu Excellent Award for my sculpture “Roots,” made in black Shanxi granite and with a total height of 5 meters. The sculpture is a stone that has roots; showing that all things and beings have roots. They connect us with the past, make what we are and give us life. So we worship the earth where life itself is born and the history we carry inside.

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1 comment
  1. Lesley Mayfield said:

    Most enthusiastic congratulations! The piece is impressive – the shiny surface of the upper part reflects the surroundings. At this site the trees relate directly to the plant metaphor, but the reflections from any other location would be a reminder of the theme – everything has roots. (And you look lovely too – I can say that, as a completely non-sexist woman, and a friend!)

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