China | 25.07.11


It seems that many of the stones the sculptors are working on have been sourced from Shandong, a city south of Beijing. And the three artisans that have recently been assigned to work on my ‘red’ marble’ are also from Shandong. They are familiar with the characteristics of the stone and work it most efficiently. […]

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China | 22.07.11

Gathering pace

Changchun experienced a rainstorm last night which turned part of the work site into a mini lake. I noticed a pair of hands (discarded rubber gloves) in prayer position emerging out of the sodden ground,no doubt praying for the sun to shine again! After many days of inactivity waiting for the stones to arrive the […]

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China | 21.07.11

Stone and more stone

It amazes me to see the quantity of stone that is being delivered to the work site in Changchun. Trucks and mobile cranes are continually arriving. People are working in close proximity to each other so that is difficult to avoid the dust, flying stone chips and of course the noise. Why the artisans, who […]

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China | 19.07.11

Two enormous blocks of red marble

Two enormous blocks of red marble greeted me when I turned up at the work site this morning. I was thrilled of course but I had hoped that one side of each block would be cut by a saw leaving a reasonably flat surface. This is important as the 2 blocks have to be joined […]

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China | 18.07.11

Still waiting

I can’t believe I am still waiting for my stone! I am not the only one but it means I will need more assistance to complete the job on time. Supplying the materials for over 100 sculptors is no small order and the size of the stones makes transporting and handling a tricky business. The […]

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China | 18.07.11

Time out to visit the World Sculpture Park

Took time out today to visit the World Sculpture Park,a sneak preview before a planned outing in a few weeks time. The area of the Sculpture Park is enormous; large stone and bronze sculptures placed in a parkland setting. To complete the scene there is a huge lake which adds to the serenity of the […]

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China | 15.07.11

A day full of surprises at the work-site

A day full of surprises at the work-site. Some of the stone had not been delivered to the work site! All was not lost however, as I was able to show the scale model of ‘Cloudstone’ to the person responsible for ordering the marble for my project. The marble should be delivered to the site […]

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China | 14.07.11

The opening ceremony

Amazing . There is no other word for it. 109 sculptors from 5 continents have been assembled in Changchun NE China for the 12th International sculpture Symposium. For a group of artists who usually work on their own this is an opportunity to get together with other ‘touchy/feely’ people working in marble, bronze and Granite. […]

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China | 24.06.11

The 12th international Sculpture Symposium at Changchun, Jilin Province, China

I have been selected to participate in the 12th international Sculpture Symposium at Changchun, Jilin Province, China, July–September 2011. Some 35 sculptors from all over the world have 6 weeks to create sculptures in marble, granite and bronze for the World Sculpture Park in Changchun. The selection committee has requested that I carve my sculpture […]

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