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Closing of Changsha International Sculpture Festival 2014

Michael Binkley Changsha international sculpture festival 2014 China

The first annual Changsha International Sculpture Arts Festival 2014 has come to a close.

This 45 day culture festival consisted of many events, including we 21 sculptors from 17 countries who came to the city of Changsha, China to create monumental sculptures in stone and metal for the Yanghu Wetland Park. The stone and steel sculptures have all been completed and the bronze sculptures should be finished casting within the next month.

A landscape architect has been engaged to integrate the finished sculptures into the Park, and I am looking forward to seeing where my sculpture, “Look to the Horizon” will eventually end up.

The closing ceremonies for the Festival were held on Thursday, October 30, 2014 under rainy skies. The celebrations were open air and the audience had a roof, but the stage was exposed to the rain. Being from Vancouver, Canada, Michelle and I felt right at home!

After a short video montage of our works, each sculptor was introduced and presented with a lovely glass award on stage. Various singing and dance acts were peppered in before we all went up for a final farewell. Despite the inclement weather, everyone was smiling.

Then came the painful goodbyes to all our Wetland Angel volunteer interpreters before boarding the bus one last time. These incredibly generous university students had become friends, like family which made it all the more difficult to say farewell.

The Organizing Committee has put together an amazing Festival, and by all accounts from the other artists, this is the best sculpture festival in the world.

Not a bad introduction for me into this world of international sculpture symposiums.