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2008.0618

NTNU Sculptor to Become Highlight of Beijing Olympics

<p><font face="Arial">By Vickie Lo<br /> Assistant Coordinator</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Taiwanese artist&rsquo;s masterpieces will be seen during Beijing Olympics, as National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) Graduate Institute of Design student Arthur Yang (楊奉琛) said today that he is designing a park for displaying sculptures next to the Olympic stadium.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">As of press time, an enlarged piece of Yang&rsquo;s father Yuyu Yang (楊英風), who is also a sculptor, has been located and displayed at the scene in Beijing.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">When approached when he was handing his homework at the institute&rsquo;s administrative office, Arthur Yang said that the story began when Chinese Nationalist Party former chairman Lien Chan (連戰) visited China in 2006.&nbsp; Lien decided to give a duplicated &ldquo;Flowing Sleeves,&rdquo; a sculpture by Yuyu Yang, to Chinese President Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) as a gift.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Hu immediately said that he would love to request for a permit from the sculptor that this masterpiece can become a public exhibit.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Yuyu Yang finished &ldquo;Flowing Sleeves&rdquo; in 1970.&nbsp; The theme of &ldquo;Flowing Sleeves&rdquo; features the waving and dancing of the flowing sleeves in a Chinese opera, while Yuyu Yang was also inspired by the imposing landscape of Taroko Gorge.&nbsp; The sculpture blended the masculinity of the mountains and water with femininity of the flowing sleeves of a Chinese opera.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">After he returned to Taiwan, Lien commissioned Arthur Yang to duplicate his father&rsquo;s work to a giant piece of seven meters tall and the job was done last year and the new exhibit was located at the scene by the end of April this year.&nbsp; The cost of duplicating the sculpture was sponsored by several local enterprises, such as Yulon Group (裕隆集團) and Foxconn Technology Group (鴻海集團).</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">As for Arthur Yang, he was also commissioned to design a park where his father&rsquo;s sculpture is displayed.&nbsp; He will name the park &ldquo;Flowing Sleeves Peace Park&rdquo; and the entire project is estimated to be completed by October.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">He said that the park will emerge the concept of Chinese opera and the natural scenery at Taiwan&rsquo;s world-famous Taroko Gorge to introduce Taiwan&rsquo;s remarkable art pieces.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&quot;This is my responsibility to make the park a place where Taiwanese artists work and voices can be seen and heard,&rdquo; Arthur Yang said.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">In addition to being a graduate student at NTNU, Arthur Yang is also the director for Yuyu Yang Foundation and Yuyu Yang Art Museum in Taipei.&nbsp; He is also the leader for the Sculpture Association of Taiwan, the most important organization for Taiwanese sculptors.&nbsp; He was also invited as a judge for the 2008 Olympic Landscape Sculpture International Tour Exhibition.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial"><br /> </font>&nbsp;</p>