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International Urban Sculpture Originality Competition shines in Weifang

2017/11/28 16:10:21   source:Sdchina.com

The International Urban Sculpture Originality Competition of Weifang High-Tech Zone was inaugurated in Weifang National High-tech Industrial Development Zone , east China’s Shandong province, on Nov. 27, 2017.

Wang Wenzhang, former vice-minister of the Ministry of Culture, delivered a speech at the ceremony. Chu Baojie, Party secretary of the Working Committee of Weifang National High-tech Industrial Development Zone, director of the Publicity Department and member of the Municipal Standing Committee of Weifang, addressed the launch ceremony. Bao Haining, chief of the academic support of this competition and dean of the Sculpture Academy of Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, read the collection announcement of the competition. Wang Jiaofa, vice director of the Management Committee and member of the Working Committee of Weifang National High-tech Industrial Development Zone presided over the ceremony. Besides, as many as 200 famous sculptors and government officials from related departments attended the launch ceremony.

Wang Wenzhang, former vice-minister of the Ministry of Culture, delivered a speech.

Highlighting the importance of cultural prosperity for realizing the Chinese dream of the great rejuvenation of Chinese nation, Wang Wenzhang called for more cultural confidence. The competition is of great realistic significance for the Chinese people to be confident in our culture, increasing international cultural exchanges, promoting Chinese statuary art, enriching the city's cultural connotation and enhance its cultural quality, he added.

Chu Baojie, Party secretary of the Working Committee of Weifang National High-tech Industrial Development Zone, director of the Publicity Department and member of the Municipal Standing Committee of Weifang, addressed the launch ceremony.

Chu Baojie referred to the sculpture as the soul of a city. The sculpture, as he said, has been a cultural label in those world-renowned cities and tells stories of the art history, features of an age and the spiritual trait of each city through soundless but powerful words.

Chu expressed his wishes for building an international platform of cultural exchanges with statuary art as a medium to showcase the art history, special charm and brand-new image of Weifang.

The competition is sponsored by the Publicity Department of Weifang City, Weifang Culture, Broadcasting, Television, Press and Publication Bureau, Administration Committee of Weifang Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone, Shandong Sculptors’ Association and is undertaken by Shandong Huayi Sculpture Art Co., Ltd. With the theme of “a new international city, a city with cultural prestige”, the competition collects works by means of open collection and targeted invitation. The competition plans to collect 1,000 works, from which 120 finalists will be selected. There are five awards set for the competition including Special Invitation Award for 15 people, First Prize for 5 people, Second Prize for 10 people, Third Prize for 20 people and Excellence Award for 70 people.

An expert forum for the competition and a symposium on the development direction of the urban sculpture of Weifang High-tech Industrial Development Zone was held on Nov. 26, 2017.

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