Artist-in-residence program promotes public art in Chengdu

By Zhu Bochen
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The launch ceremony of the artist-in-resident program held on Aug. 14 in Chengdu, China. [Photo courtesy of CCACO]

An artist-in-residence program for international public art, with the theme "On Harmony (Sobre la Armonia)" was launched on Aug. 14 in Wenjiang district, Chengdu, capital of southwestern China's Sichuan province.

Featuring designers from both China and European countries, the two-week program creates artworks out of waste from industrial production and daily life, aiming to strengthen the role public art plays in contributing to rural revitalization.

The program is also a collaborative effort of designers from different backgrounds to explore local cultural icons.

The program embodies the traditional Chinese Taoism belief which endorses the harmony between human beings and the natural environment.

This program is a follow-up of its success in Spain last year, as artists' work was applauded for their reuse of construction waste, turning it into a park with sculptures themed on "harmony."

Designers takes a group photo after the launch ceremony. [Photo courtesy of CCACO]

The program is jointly organized by the Centro de Cultura y Arte China – Occidente (CCACO) and Beijing International Exchange Association Sustainable Development Committee, and is supported by the Spanish embassy in China and the local government.

Renowned sculpture artists, public art scholars, local craftsmen and government officials attended the launch ceremony. They include Deng Le, president of Sichuan Sculpture Institute, Xu Bochu, professor at Southwest Jiaotong University, Yu Longling, chairman of CCACO, and Wang Wei, honorary director of Beijing International Exchange Association Sustainable Development Committee.

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